Banged-Up Bucs Should Be Ready To Play On Sunday

October 10 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be heading into Sunday's game against the 0-3 Tennessee Titans banged up. The Buccaneers have nine players on the injury list, six of which are starters. But most of Tampa Bay's injured players should be able to play on Sunday. Buccaneer Magazine has the latest on the Bucs' injury front.

The Buccaneers had a very physical game against the Packers this past weekend. Tampa Bay had their game go down to the wire in extremely hot temperatures against Green Bay, but they were able to pull out a 14-10 win.

Tampa Bay has a total of nine players listed as injured for Sunday's game in Tennessee. Buccaneer Magazine has compiled a list of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' injured:

INJURY UPDATE AS OF 10/10/01:

KEY:

OUT: 100 percent chance of not playing

DOUBTFUL: 25 percent chance of playing

QUESTIONABLE: 50 percent chance of playing

PROBABLE: 75 percent chance of playing.

The following Bucs players are listed as OUT for Sunday's game against Tennessee. NONE

The following Bucs players are listed as DOUBTFUL for the Bucs-Titans game: DT James Cannida (knee).

The following Bucs players are listed as QUESTIONABLE: for Sunday's game against the Titans: RB Warrick Dunn (Foot), LB Jeff Gooch (Groin).

The following Bucs players are listed as PROBABLE for Sunday's game against the Titans: WR Reidel Anthony (Shoulder), RG Cosey Coleman (Knee), LB Derrick Brooks (Foot), WR Jacquez Green (Groin), SS John Lynch (Hip), TE Dave Moore (Ankle).

Although Bucs RB Warrick Dunn is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, his status is the most encouraging.

When Dunn sprained his foot against Minnesota, he was said to be out 3-4 weeks. The Bucs say they are concerned about bringing back Dunn too early and risking further injury, but will see what he can do in individual drills on Wednesday afternoon.

"Warrick is definitely going to play next week," said Bucs head coach Tony Dungy. "He might even be able to go against Tennessee."

If Dunn can play on Sunday, he will have only missed one game when Bucs originally thought he was going to miss three or four. If Tampa Bay decides Dunn cannot go, FB Mike Alstott, who scored the game-winning touchdown on his 39-yard run in the fourth quarter against Green Bay will carry the load for the offense. The A-Train averaged 5.1 yards per carry last week against the Packers.

The most disappointing status is DT James Cannida's. He was injured in the Bucs preseason finale against Atlanta and was thought be out anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

In training camp, P Mark Royals sprained his MCL and missed only four weeks and C Jeff Christy was ready to come back in five. But Cannida is now approaching his seventh week on the injury list and he is only listed as doubtful for the Tennessee game.

Cannida adds depth to the Bucs defensive line, which has only recorded three sacks in three games. The Bucs D-line has also shown signs of fatigue in their last two games. For example, DT Warren Sapp was on his knees attempting to get his breath after QB Brett Favre's pass fell incomplete on the last play of Sunday's game.

The good news is Cannida practiced on Wednesday for the first time since spraining his MCL. But he's only got a 25 percent chance of playing against the Titans.

While 115-degree temperatures had a lot to do with the defensive lines' tiring, Cannida will provide some much-needed depth at the tackle position when he returns.

Although players like SS John Lynch, LB Derrick Brooks, WR Jacquez Green, LB Jeff Gooch and TE Dave Moore will miss most of this week's practice, head coach Tony Dungy expects all of his injured players to be ready to go on Sunday. The only exceptions are Dunn and Cannida.

"With the exception of Warrick, they should all be able to play and probably should be able to practice on Friday," said Dungy. "But right now, they're not in practice."


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