Rice, Quarles, Wyms stay home
Ahoy, Bucs. Three men fell overboard.
Tampa Bay's long season may have just gotten longer.
Defensive end Simeon Rice, linebacker Shelton Quarles and defensive tackle Ellis Wyms all remained home in Tampa for treatment Sunday rather than accompany the team to Charlotte, N.C., for Monday night's game against the Panthers.
All three players were unable to practice last week due to injuries. Rice, the league's sack leader over the past four seasons, will miss his first game in six seasons with the Bucs due to injury. Quarles has been hobbled by an assortment of ailments, including a knee injury. Wyms, the club's sack leader this season with four, has an ankle sprain.
Dewayne White, Barrett Ruud and Jon Bradley will take the place of Rice, Quarles and Wyms, respectively.
Facing the Panthers explosive offense was daunting enough, let alone trying to stop them without three of your best players.
But rather than risk further injury, coach Jon Gruden is hopeful this way he might have all three players back for Sunday's game against the Redskins and then for the Thanksgiving Day contest at Dallas a few days later.