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Kelly, Smith set to return



The Bucs have gotten some good news -- for a change -- on the injury front.

It appears cornerback Brian Kelly (groin) and tight end Alex Smith (ankle) will attempt to return to the lineup on Sunday against Arizona, according to coach Jon Gruden. Kelly has been inactive because of his injury for five of the past seven games. Smith has missed the past two games.

Kelly's return would be key considering the opponent. The Cardinals have been known to use many four- and even five-receiver formations, creating a need for at least three cornerbacks for much of the game.

Earlier this week, defensive line coach Larry Coyer said defensive end Patrick Chukwurah (shoulder) would return after missing the past two games. That should help lessen the impact of losing Greg Spires, who has been ruled out with a calf injury. Running back Michael Pittman (ankle) has a chance to return, but that seems like a long shot.

Elsewhere, receiver Michael Clayton (ankle) and linebacker Quincy Black (hamstring) appear unlikely to play.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:52pm]


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