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Winslow, Hayes, Stroughter questionable for Seahawks game

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Three key Buccaneers are listed as questionable on the week's final injury report, according to coach Raheem Morris.

TE Kellen Winslow, LB Geno Hayes and WR Sammie Stroughter are among the players who are dealing with injuries and have some chance of missing Sunday's game.

Winslow (knee) looked like a good bet to play a day ago as he participated fully in Thursday's practice. But he was unable to practice today. Whether that represents a setback is unclear, but players' participation levels in Friday practices are sometimes a good indicator of their ability to play on Sundays.

As for Stroughter, who missed last Sunday with a back injury, he looks more likely to play.

"He looked much better than last week," coach Raheem Morris said. "It's one of those things where it's a soreness issue. You've got to be able to get through it and be able to run. Last week he went out (before) the game and wasn't able to do it. He actually made it through all the practices this week and hopefully he can get out there."

Stroughter's absence would be an issue not only because of his contributions on third down but because of his return ability. He has become the primary return man in the absence of Clifton Smith, who is out for the season after two concussions.

Hayes (hamstring) practiced fully this week and said today he was practically certain he would play. But it will still be a coaches' decision as to whether he plays this week. Last Sunday, Morris and his staff sat Hayes after determining he wasn't fit to play. That's why Hayes' optimism isn't going to sway Morris.

"Geno told us that last week," Morris cracked.

WR Michael Clayton (knee) and TE John Gilmore (head) have been ruled out of the game and probably will not be on the team's charter flight to Seattle this afternoon. Regarding Clayton, who already has missed two games, Morris said he doesn't envision him going on injured reserve.

"Technically, I think IR has to mean a six-week (injury)," Morris said. "I think he'll be back next week."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:52pm]

    

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