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Dunn's injury could create role for Rhett

Published Oct. 2, 2005

RB Errict Rhett could see his first significant action of the season Sunday in Atlanta.

Rhett, relegated to a backup because of the emergence of RB Warrick Dunn and FB Mike Alstott, could be in the game plan because Dunn has a strained hamstring. Dunn missed practice Wednesday and is not expected to practice today, coach Tony Dungy said.

Dungy said he expects Dunn to play Sunday, but said he will consider playing Rhett.

"If Warrick is not able to practice until Friday, we would have to look at that strongly," Dungy said. "If his hamstring is not 100 percent, we have no problem playing Errict. He'll do a great job."

LET IT SLIDE: DT Brad Culpepper hopes the controversy about his allegedly doctored jersey will soon end.

Colts C Jay Leeuwenburg claimed Culpepper had a slippery substance, perhaps silicone, on his jersey that got on Leeuwenburg's hands and caused him to make a poor snap to QB Paul Justin. The result was an Indianapolis fumble that DE Regan Upshaw recovered, leading to the Bucs' first TD in the 31-28 victory.

Hoping to address the matter for the last time, Culpepper was speaking to the media Wednesday when OG Jim Pyne came up from behind and sprayed Culpepper's back with silicone.

"I've gotten a number of gifts. I've just been waiting for Vaseline to call me up to do their next commercial," Culpepper said. "Maybe his (Leeuwenburg) hands were sweaty. Chidi (Ahanotu) had a cold. Maybe Chidi blew his nose on my jersey. I don't know. If they want to attribute the loss to that, it's pretty ridiculous."

In its ongoing investigation, the NFL contacted Bucs officials Wednesday. Leeuwenburg said he would not be happy if the league concludes Culpepper did nothing wrong. "It would just p--- me off that the NFL doesn't know what the hell they're talking about," he said.

ADDING UP: The Elias Sports Bureau has added a sack to Upshaw's season total after reviewing the Colts game. Upshaw broke through the line and disrupted a play-action bootleg between QB Kelly Holcomb and RB Lamont Warren.

Holcomb fumbled and Ahanotu recovered, but in the game stats no one was credited for the sack. Elias reviewed the play and ruled Upshaw should get the sack. "I'll take it," Upshaw said. "Any way you can get them, just as long as you get them. At the end of the year, they don't come back and say, "How did he get that?'


INJURY REPORT: Four new names popped up on the injury report: Dunn, Alstott (sprained wrist), WR Reidel Anthony (sprained ankle) and P Sean Landeta (strained lower back) are listed as probable.

TE Jackie Harris (strained groin) did not play against Indianapolis and remains the only Buc listed as questionable for Sunday.

SUITE NEWS: The Tampa Sports Authority approved the Bucs' request to double the size of 12 of the 72 luxury suites at the new stadium. Now there will be six 32-seat suites instead of 12 16-seat suites. The TSA continues to have on-going talks about the addition of 10 suites to the stadium.