Sears expected to play
Jon Gruden, in his weekly press conference this morning, said he expects left guard Arron Sears to play in the Bucs' opening-round playoff game Sunday.
Sears suffered an ankle sprain that prevented him from returning against Carolina, but the fears that it could be a serious injury apparently have subsided.
"We expect him to play, but we'll look at him a little more today," Gruden said. "I think there was some concern. They took him in and evaluated him."
Sears started all 16 regular-season games for the Bucs and his return to the lineup means the line that has started the past 12 games will remain intact. The Bucs have started the same five linemen each week since Luke Petitgout's season-ending knee injury against Carolina on Sept. 30.
Another player who should return to the lineup is fullback B.J. Askew, who has been sidelined the past three weeks with a severely sprained ankle.