Bucs running back Gary Anderson is not especially charged up about playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. It has nothing to do with the contract dispute with his old team, which forced Anderson to sit out a season before being traded to Tampa Bay.
It's just that Anderson's wife, Ollie, is expecting to deliver the couple's fourth child Friday and Gary isn't too keen on being 3,000 miles away.
"I hope the baby comes before I leave," Anderson said. "We've got to do something to make sure it's here. Maybe we'll put her in the pool and make her swim laps."
Not all of Anderson's thoughts about playing in San Diego are bad ones. Two years ago he rushed for a career-high 1,119 yards and was named All-Pro for the Chargers. Then he butted heads with owner Alex Spanos and then general manager Steve Ortmayer over a contract dispute.
"I'm looking forward to going back to see some old friends and playing in the old stadium," Anderson said. "But I treat all the games the same. The people there are all different. In fact, they've got a whole new coaching staff. I don't hold any grudges against them. They did what they felt was right at the time."
San Diego coach Dan Henning had nothing but praise for Anderson on Wednesday.
"I think Gary Anderson is an outstanding football player," Henning said. "I don't have any feelings one way or the other because there was no choice there. Gary obviously decided that he wanted to play elsewhere, more than likely in Tampa. Based on the figures I know about, it probably cost him a half-million dollars to do so."
Vinny Testaverde (toe) is questionable; Winston Moss (foot) is probable; Reggie Cobb (hyperextended knee) is probable; Ray Seals (groin) is probable; Bruce Hill (shoulder) will play.
Offensive lineman John Bruhin did not practice Wednesday because his father is critically ill.
San Diego defensive end Burt Grossman said he owes a lot to Bucs coach Ray Perkins: $50 to be exact.
"When you see Ray Perkins, tell him I'll pay him that $50 I owe him," Grossman said. "When I was getting drafted, I think it was between Broderick (Thomas) and me who was going to be drafted there and he came to see me a few times. We made a $50 bet on something at the combine on whether I'd do so many reps (repetitions) on something and I ended up not getting it so I owe him $50. Tell him I'll pay him this week. I know it's a little late but I'll give it to him."
_ RICK STROUD