(on an update on Shelton Quarles and a roster move)
"He has a forearm/elbow injury and he'll have surgery tomorrow to correct
that. We'll have more specific information in terms of how long he'll be out
after that, but the initial prognosis is six to eight weeks. We released Tony
McGee and signed Dan Wilcox for this game, largely for special teams and injury
purposes. Obviously, when Nate Webster becomes a starting middle linebacker we
need somebody else to help us on special teams. Also, Dan can play a little
tight end, as well."
(on if the team will try to bring Tony McGee back)
"We're going to try a lot of things. We're going to try to do a lot of
things. There's a possibility of that."
(on what concerns him about Nate Webster taking over for Quarles)
"I'm more concerned with Shelton's injury than I am concerned with Nate.
Nate's a fine football player. He played a lot of snaps for us last year – not
a lot of people know that. He's a good player. Nate Webster is not any part of
my concerns. It's Shelton Quarles, who's an inspiring guy to me and this team
and an outstanding football player. We want him, obviously, to have a surgery
that's a good one, and he can return to health and resume what we think is a
(on how he feels about Shelton Quarles working hard and then getting hurt)
"Well, Quarles is going to come back. That's the silver lining here –
Shelton's coming back. It's not like he's not coming back. But again, this is
the National Football League, or high school football or any level I've ever
been associated with, and injuries are part of the game. Last year, Kenyatta
Walker didn't even suit up for the opener, and neither did (Cosey)a Coleman.
We've been down this road before and that's why we keep 53 men. We've got to ask
certain guys to step up when we have setback because of injury. It's
unfortunate, but at the same time we're eager to play this game and we feel
prepared to do that."
(on details of Quarles' elbow injury)
"Well it's (to be) surgically repaired, so obviously there's some
significant injury. I'm not a medical expert. I do know this: It's a surgical
process that will take place tomorrow and I can give you some more official news
once that surgery is completed."
(on how the switch to Nate Webster affects the defensive play calling)
"It doesn't affect the calls at all. Nate Webster's been taking a lot of
snaps throughout the preseason and throughout his career here as the Mike
linebacker. I think, for a lot of teams, this would be a starting Mike
linebacker. Last year, Quarles was going into his first start in his career as a
Mike linebacker and there were a lot of questions surrounding us whether or not
he could do that. Now it's Nate Webster's turn to answer the bell. Our
communication process will not change and we expect him to play an outstanding
game for us."
(on if he has sat Webster down and asked him to keep a cool head on the
"I think the thing is with Nate is that he is a veteran player. I'm not
going to have those conversations. Like I said, this guy is a fine performer and
we're not changing anything. We're going to move on with a new Mike linebacker.
He'll set our defenses, he'll make a lot of critical calls, critical plays and
he'll be a key factor in how we perform."
(on the versatility of the Bucs' linebackers)
"We're ready to go if we get an injury. Obviously, we don't want to see
anyone else get hurt. But Dwayne Rudd is ready to go. Ryan Nece is a swing
player, he can play a couple positions. Derrick Brooks can play anywhere on the
board. We're ready to go. We've always looked at Nate Webster as a starter, as a
staff. Last year, he was in a serious battle with Shelton Quarles for the job,
and Shelton won it out. This year, we're going to lean on Nate Webster and if we
get another injury, depending on who it is and what stage of the game it is,
we'll have adjustability."
(on TE Todd Yoder)
"He practiced, practiced good today, and he's ready to go. Todd's ready to
go, Will Heller's had a good week of practice and, obviously with the addition
of Wilcox we've got enough tight ends to play two games Monday night. We've got
enough tight ends, that's for sure."
(on any other injury concerns)
"No. Ellis Wyms is still limited on the practice field with an ankle sprain
and his status is still questionable. But when you get off the plane in
Philadelphia, you smell the air, you sense game time, I have a strong feeling
that Ellis will be ready to go. But, again, he does have some lingering soreness
there. If he can't go, we'll have to dig into our pile of defensive linemen and
find some men who are healthy and ready to play."
(on if Nate will not play special teams now)
"No, Nate's going to play. Nate will play, but his role might not be as it
was because of the responsibilities he has as a middle linebacker. Dwight Smith
will play on special teams. Obviously his role in the game will be determined by
how many snaps he is on the field. You just need some fresh bodies to go out
there and cover these kicks, especially in Philadelphia because they've got some
(on if Nate will come off the field on third downs)
"No, we don't want to take Nate off the field. Again, we really like Nate
Webster. I'm really upset and I'm very depressed about losing Shelton Quarles
for 45 minutes, three days or three weeks because of the kind of guy he is. I
love Quarles. But I like Nate, too, and I love Nate in some ways. He'll play
good for us."
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