After suggesting on Thursday that Jeff Faine might have to earn his way back into the starting lineup after missing a month with an injury, Faine said Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris cleared the air with him today.
"I talked to Coach today and he said it's all a go," Faine said. "He basically said, 'You're my starting center.' "
Faine has been out a month with a quad injury and returned to practice this week. After Thursday's physical practice, the Bucs said a key milepost would be how Faine's body responded a day later.
"I felt real good today," Faine said. "I came out and was running around and felt great. It looks like everyting is go for Sunday. No soreness other than general body soreness. I haven't played football in a month."
With his team sitting at 5-3, Faine said it's been hard to sit by idly though he's thoroughly enjoyed watching his teammates' success.
"It's been a while since I was able to hit somebody for real," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. You're definitely champing at the bit to get back out there."