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Sean Jones' physical play has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcome the loss of Cody Grimm

TAMPA — Sean Jones prides himself on being an all-around safety who can not only defend the pass but stuff the run.

And lately, Jones has displayed his physical style close to the line of scrimmage, helping make up for the loss of S Cody Grimm to a season-ending injury.

Jones racked up a team-high eight tackles Sunday against the Falcons, and the seventh-year player out of Georgia looks forward to more chances to help control the running game.

"Anytime you're in the mix down there with the big boys, you've got to put your big-boy pants on, and I love that," he said. "You can create more tackles for yourself that way, more strips and opportunities that way. (There is) a lot of variation with safeties. … You've got to be a both-way player."

Jones said the secondary mixes things up with different defensive backs moving toward the line, and coach Raheem Morris said Jones' role hasn't necessarily changed. Morris said he plays to his players' strengths, including Jones'.

"Sean Jones is a pretty good blitzer, a big-time force in the box," Morris said. "He provides a lot of thump for us, does some nice things there. But he also provides nice range (in coverage)."

INJURY UPDATE: WR Mike Williams (knee) returned to practice Friday and looked good while participating in the entire workout. The rookie was listed as probable for Sunday's game at Washington.

LB Quincy Black was back, too, though coaches will be more cautious with him because he has dealt with an ankle injury for more than a month.

"It's going to kind of be up to the coaching staff (to decide) what they want to do with me," Black said. "When I'm out there, I'm out there."

Asked if the injury was likely to linger until the offseason, Black said, "Everyone's playing with bumps and bruises. You're just going out and trying to find ways to get through the week."

Also listed on the injury report was DE Tim Crowder, now the starter at left end. He aggravated a shoulder and is questionable. LB Niko Koutouvides (ankle) is also questionable. LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) and TE Kellen Winslow (knee) are listed as probable.

For the Redskins, QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring) was listed as probable. Everyone else on the report was questionable: LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), WR Brandon Banks (knee), DE Kedric Golston (elbow, groin), S LaRon Landry (Achilles'), S Kareem Moore (knee, biceps), WR Santana Moss (knee), LB Brian Orakpo (ankle), C Casey Rabach (knee), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring), RB Ryan Torain (hamstring) and T Trent Williams (shoulder).

WET WEATHER? The Bucs could face some weather challenges Sunday as heavy, cold rains are expected on the Eastern seaboard. Sunday's forecast in Landover, Md., calls for a high of 48 degrees and a low of 28, with the chance of rain — concentrated in the morning and early afternoon — at 90 percent.

BLACK FINED: Black was fined $7,500 for his fourth-quarter horse-collar tackle on Falcons RB Michael Turner on Sunday. Black was penalized 15 yards on the play, which aided Atlanta's winning drive. Facing second and 8 from the Tampa Bay 31, Turner was stopped for no gain. But Black's penalty gave the Falcons a first down at the Tampa Bay 16. Three plays later, the Falcons scored the go-ahead touchdown.

Staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

Sean Jones' physical play has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcome the loss of Cody Grimm 12/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 10:55pm]

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