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Jeremy Zuttah working with first string on Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line

TAMPA — Second-year OL Jeremy Zuttah, who started five games last season, said Tuesday he is working with the first-team offensive line during voluntary team workouts in place of returning starter Arron Sears.

Zuttah has focused in on left guard after learning all five line positions as a rookie.

This week's practices are closed to the media, but when asked if Sears, 24 and entering his third season, was working with the team, Zuttah said he was not. It's unknown whether Sears' absence is injury-related.

"He's not here. We can't worry about who's not here," Zuttah said.

Zuttah, 23, who played 12 games last season as a rookie, said he has dropped about 8 pounds (to 295), which helps in the Bucs' new zone-blocking scheme. Zuttah worked in a similar system at Rutgers.

"I like it. They like the quick, athletic linemen for that scheme, and I feel like I fit very well into it," he said.

HOMETOWN BREAKOUT?: With each practice, it seems a new name arises as a potential breakout receiver behind veterans Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton. First-year tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts has been impressed with Brian Clark, a Chamberlain grad who caught one pass in nine games with the Bucs last season.

Roberts has known Clark since high school, having recruited him as an assistant at Florida Atlantic. Clark wound up at North Carolina State, but in the past month, Roberts has been reminded of why he liked him.

"He's the consummate pro," Roberts said. "He's shown a lot of promise. Early on, he's been diligent in working and finishing plays and making at least one wild play a day. He can absolutely get in (the mix)."

NEW-LOOK BUCS: Showing the offseason changes to veteran leadership, the large banners hanging from Raymond James Stadium showing former Bucs Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn are being replaced by new players for 2009. LB Barrett Ruud's image was being hung Tuesday morning, with his No. 51 looming large from the stadium's corner.

Around the league

HARRISON DONE?: DB Rodney Harrison, who worked for the NFL Network and NBC while injured last season, scheduled a conference call for this morning and is expected to announce he is retiring from the Patriots to enter the broadcast booth.

DUNGY GIG?: The New York Daily News reported that former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy will join NBC's pregame show, Sunday Night in America, replacing Jerome Bettis.

BRONCOS: WR Brandon Marshall won't face league discipline over his latest arrest. The former UCF star was arrested March 1 in Atlanta on charges stemming from a fight with his fiance. Charges were dropped when they refused to testify against each other.

COWBOYS: As expected, the team released LB Greg Ellis, who played 11 seasons in Dallas.

JAGUARS: Coach Jack Del Rio questioned how injured DT John Henderson was after the two-time Pro Bowl player pulled himself out of drills. "(We) have a team out here that's working hard, that's committed and I'm not going to slow down and worry about somebody that's trying to get out of a drill," Del Rio said.

RAMS: Dave Checketts, owner of the NHL's Blues, is heading a group seeking to buy the NFL team and keep it in St. Louis.

TITANS: QB Vince Young told Baltimore TV station WMAR that if he's not the starter, he will ask to be moved. "(If) them guys don't want me to be in there, it's time for me to make a career change for myself," he said.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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