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SEARS LEARNING AT DOUBLE SPEED

Second-round draft pick Arron Sears has heard from veterans that the Bucs' offense is among the toughest in the NFL to master.

So, his being limited to one practice a day because of a post-draft knee surgery isn't ideal. But for the time being, Sears will have to pack as much as he can into half the practice time.

"Right now I'm just working the way (the trainers) tell me to," said Sears, a guard from Tennessee. "So, I have to make every snap count and even when I'm not in there I have to try to get the reps by watching film and watching the older guys to see how they do things."

Sears, 22, said the Bucs weren't caught by surprise by his need for surgery. They were aware of the issue before drafting him 35th overall. The team felt the minor nature of the surgery would enable the 6-foot-3, 319-pound Sears to rebound in time for training camp without jeopardizing his health.

"They still took me in the second round because it wasn't serious. It's pretty much fine," Sears said.

The decision to limit him to a single practice a day was precautionary. The objective now is to be efficient.

"From what I hear, this is one of the most complicated offenses in the league," Sears said. "That's what the veterans say. I'm picking it up pretty good right now. There's just a couple little kinks here and there that I have to work on."

BROOKS TAKES MENTAL REPS: Linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) remained limited but wore full pads and did some individual work after the Monday morning practice. He plans to be patient with his body and listen to the team's trainers, but there nothing to stop him from going over every repetition in his mind.

"I have to be an All-Pro from the neck up," Brooks said. "If I do that, keep my eyes trained, my body will come with my eyes. I can't get bored. That's why I wear the pads out, put the helmet on. It's a real big mental challenge now."

Brooks has not always been good at taking the trainers' advice, but this time he is listening.

"Whenever they give me the game plan, I have to show my leadership by following," Brooks said. "Do I have to be out there every rep to get better? No. I would take all 120 reps of practice if that was the case. Mentally, I can take all the reps. That's what I'm trying to do, keep my edge."

TICKETS AVAILABLE: The Bucs announced a limited number of tickets for all eight regular-season home games will be made available on Saturday. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. with purchases limited to six per person.

Sales will be made only through Ticketmaster, via outlets, phone or Internet. Fans can log on to www.ticketmaster.com or call (813) 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100.

RAINED OUT: Monday afternoon's special teams practice was canceled because of heavy rain.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at (813) 226-3377 or sholder@sptimes.com.

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