Back in the Saddle

<!--Default NodeId For Chris Chandler is 292192,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:292192]>Chris Chandler</A> returned to practice Tuesday after suffering a mild concussion in Sunday's loss at <!--Default NodeId For Carolina is 119,2005--><A HREF=http://panthers.TheInsiders.com>Carolina</A>. The veteran is likely to start in the season finale against <!--Default NodeId For Tampa Bay is 117,2005--><A HREF=http://buccaneers.TheInsiders.com>Tampa Bay</A>.

"I'm optimistic because he practiced today, but obviously we want to watch it very closely and our doctors will keep talking to him and Tim (Bream team trainer) will of course be out there with us all the time," head coach Dick Jauron said Tuesday. "But, yeah, I'm optimistic. Once again, we won't take any risks with it, with him or with anybody else, with this injury or really any other kind of injury. We'll go with what our medical staff says and what the player says."

Chandler took the majority of the snaps on Tuesday and if progresses as the team's medical staff foresees then he'll get the start against the Buccaneers, who are having quarterback injury problems of their own.

Rob Johnson practiced with the first team Wednesday and will be Tampa Bay's starting quarterback against the Bears if Brad Johnson can't go because of a severe lower back bruise.

Shaun King started in place of Brad Johnson in last Monday night's 17-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rob Johnson relieved him midway through the third quarter and led Tampa Bay's only scoring drive.

"We just think right now that Rob probably gives us the best chance to win," coach Jon Gruden said. "We still like Shaun King, but we thought Rob moved our team in the game the other night. It's a tough decision, but we've got to make a decision and we are going to go with Rob."


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