Rice may need surgery
The Bucs could lose their second defensive starter to surgery.
Defensive end Simeon Rice, who missed his first game in six seasons with Tampa Bay last week, could need season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.
Both Rice and coach Jon Gruden confirmed Thursday that surgery might be needed to repair Rice's shoulder. The NFL's sack leader the past four seasons could miss his second straight game Sunday against the Redskins.
""If I feel good, I'm going to play,''' Rice said. ""If I don't...I mean, they understand me, my passion for it. Unless they want me to get surgery and stuff like that.''
When asked if he needed surgery, Rice said, ""I don't think so, but I'm not a doctor. But I feel like I'm getting better.
""I've got to get this right. I can't keep being the one-armed bandit out there.''
If Rice is lost for the season, it could mean the end of his career with the Bucs. He has only two sacks this season and is scheduled to earn $6-million in base salary next season.
Coach Jon Gruden also acknowledged the inevitable.
""I don't know for sure, but I think that could possibly be the case,'' Gruden said when asked if Rice needed surgery.