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Is Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting left guard Arron Sears' absence from voluntary workouts for personal reasons?

TAMPA — Buccaneers starting LG Arron Sears continues to stay away from the team's 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, G Davin Joseph and coach Raheem Morris on Thursday 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."

An unconfirmed report said Sears is absent because of issues that arose from complications related to past concussions. Attempts to reach Sears were unsuccessful.

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

Thursday, Sears was in his hometown of Russellville, Ala., appearing at a youth football camp, according to Russellville High coach Doug Goodwin. Goodwin didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

"He was walking around and smiling," he said of Sears. "He was here strictly as a favor to us.

"I couldn't speculate as far as something being wrong with him."

WELCOME HOME: As expected, the Bucs received approval from the city of Tampa to make a change in their development to allow training camp practices to be open to the public.

Training camp begins Aug. 1 with a morning practice at One Buc Place, then a night session at Raymond James Stadium.

"I want to kick off this new regime with all the guys ready to go in our stadium," Morris said. "It's just a little kickoff deal for everybody so they can come out and see the new Buccaneers."

Accommodations have yet to be constructed for fans to view practice, but the team is intent on moving workouts back to Tampa after holding training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista the past seven seasons.

"That's key," he said. "When (people) get a chance to come see us and we get a chance to hear those (fans) cheer and feel their vibe and the way they're going to be on game day, it's just awesome."

WHITE OKAY: DE Stylez White was involved in a minor motorcycle accident and missed Thursday's workout, but White said his injuries aren't a concern.

Is Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting left guard Arron Sears' absence from voluntary workouts for personal reasons? 06/04/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 6:41am]
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