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Ankle sidelines Alstott

The Bucs knew they would have to go without starting running back Warrick Dunn, who has a sore knee, for the first days of camp.

Now, at least for the next few days, they will be without two-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott.

Alstott, in his fourth year, turned his left ankle early in Tuesday's morning session and likely will be out for the next few days. He was running a pass route and landed badly.

"I think he's definitely going to be out the rest of the week, and we'll evaluate it on Monday," coach Tony Dungy said. "He'll probably make the trip (to Miami for a scrimmage), but I wouldn't anticipate him playing."

While the injury is not believed serious, it is not the kind of start the team or Alstott wanted. Dungy has stressed there is a sense of urgency to training camp.

Last year, Alstott missed the first three preseason games with a sprained hip. Neither Dunn nor Alstott are expected to play this weekend.

For a player who thrives on contact and has had his share of bumps and bruises, Alstott has been a consistent starter. He has missed one game in the past three seasons.

Also, second-round draft pick Shaun King, listed as third-string quarterback on the depth chart, was held out of seven-on-seven passing drills at the end of the morning session and left the field with his right elbow wrapped in ice. King and QB Pat Bonner experienced soreness in their throwing arms.

"It got a little tired mostly from overuse," said King, the former Gibbs and Tulane star who threw three days last week. "It's nothing serious, no problem. I just have to be cautious and take care of my body. There's no sense rushing things now."

SHOTGUN WEDDING: The team isn't completely convinced of using the shotgun and a bad snap during a drill in the morning session didn't help.

"There are some teams that like the shotgun and some teams that don't," Dungy said. "But I think if you check the 30 Super Bowls about 20 of them were won without the shotgun.

"I'm a little reluctant (to completely employ it) because people are going to see that as a catch-all and end-all to the problems," Dungy said. "You still win by blocking, tackling, throwing and catching."

WATCHING WUNSCH: He is listed as second-string right tackle but Jerry Wunsch's playing time may be increasing.

Wunsch, in his third year out of Wisconsin, has played in 32 regular-season games and served primarily as a backup. But the Bucs have noticed a pleasant trend.

"It's amazing _ we kind of laugh at it when you look at the touchdown reel _ at how many plays Jerry is in grabbing the running back," Dungy said. "We said, "Maybe we ought to play this guy more.' Every time he's in there it seems like we score a touchdown. Jerry has done a good job and we think he can win for us, and we think he will play a bit more."

DID YOU KNOW?: Fourth-year G Jorge Diaz is no longer the only Spanish-speaking Buc. Rookie kicker Martin Gramatica, a third-round draft pick out of Kansas State, also is bilingual. Gramatica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His family later moved to LaBelle. Diaz has a radio show on a local Spanish-speaking station.

INJURY UPDATE: Dunn, LB Derrick Brooks (right ankle) and WR Felman Malveaux (hamstring) did not participate in drills. They are listed as day-to-day. TE John Davis sustained a mild concussion and is expected to practice today.



"The eye in the sky never lies. When you think they missed you, they've got you from both angles."

_ defensive tackle Warren Sapp on performing under high-perched video cameras.


Despite six games against teams ranked in the top 10 in passing yards in 1998, the Bucs finished second in the NFL in pass defense, their second-best mark ever. They allowed just 172.6 passing yards per game.