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Bucs journal: Sealver Siliga says $1,000 tip wasn't meant to 'go viral'

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times  Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (70) points to the sky before a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (70) points to the sky before a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
Published Dec. 29, 2017

TAMPA — It has been a quiet season for Bucs backup DT Sealver Siliga, who has six tackles in the seven games he has been active.

He made national headlines with a gesture of kindness on Christmas Eve, leaving a $1,000 tip for the staff at a local Applebee's after dinner Sunday night after the team returned home from its loss at Carolina.

TMZ first got word of the big tip, reporting that Siliga asked how many staffers were working on Christmas Eve and leaving $1,000 when told there were 10 on the shift.

Siliga declined interview requests, saying he didn't intend for his act to be made public.

"I want to take this time to say thank you to everybody that has sent their kind words over the past couple of days," Siliga wrote on Twitter. "My act of service at Applebee's was not intended to go viral, however, I am grateful and blessed to be able to spread a little Holiday cheer."

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was asked about Siliga on his weekly call-in show Friday and said he loves to hear about such kindness from his players.

"That was a cool story," Koetter said. "I think a lot of information gets out about the good deeds our players do in the community … we have a lot of good guys on our teams that do little small deeds like that that make somebody's day. It doesn't surprise me because Sealver is a great guy, but it's a heartwarming story."

Injury update

The Bucs listed two players as doubtful for Sunday against New Orleans, with LB Devante Bond (ankle) and DE Robert Ayers (shoulder) unlikely to be able to play. Four others are questionable for the season finale: WR DeSean Jackson (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (ankle), TE Cameron Brate (hip/knee) and DE Ryan Russell (shoulder).

CB Ryan Smith, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, is no longer on the injury report and will play Sunday, as will DT Gerald McCoy (biceps) and LB Lavonte David (hamstring).