Simeon Rice is Done
Defensive end Simeon Rice's season is over.
As expected, the three-time Pro Bowl selection was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday, from which he cannot be activated for the remainder of the season.
Rice told the Times for Monday's editions he planned to have surgery on his sore shoulder because doctors have told him it is the best way to resolve the pain from bone chips in the joint.
Rice missed the past two games, his first because of injury in his 11-year career.
Now, the question during the offseason is whether the Bucs will be willing to pay Rice the $7.25-million in base salary he is due for 2007. The team's ability to retain free-agent-to-be Dewayne White, who will play in Rice's place, could have a significant bearing on that decision.
Rice's age could be a factor, too. He will be 33 when the 2007 season begins and will be coming off the least productive season of his career. Rice finishes 2006 with 21 tackles, a career-low two sacks and four forced fumbles in eight games.