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Is Sears' absence more personal than physical?

Starting left guard Arron Sears continues to stay away from the Buccaneers' offseason workouts without any explanation from the team, but some signs are beginning to point to his absence, at least in part, being the result of a personal matter.

Without getting specific, guard Davin Joseph and coach Raheem Morris indicated Sears' situation is complex.

"Whatever he's going through right now, I'm just worried about the guys who are here right now," Joseph said. "I'm here every day working hard and I'm sure he'll join us whenever he gets ready."

Asked if he had spoken to Sears, Joseph said, "That's between me and him. .  . He has a right to his personal life."

Pressed for answers, Morris said, "We're all concerned about Arron, but realistically, that's really a private matter. I respect Arron enough to not even talk about that and just leave it as a private matter.

He added, "It's a very private situation. That's where we are now with it."

It's been reported that Sears is absent because of issues that arose from complications related to past concussions. No one has confirmed that to the Times in either on- or off-the-record conversations.

Morris said he "hopeful" Sears would be back in time to participate in training camp and was noncomittal about whether Sears would be part of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp beginning June 16.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34pm]


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