Four Bucs questionable for Panthers game

Four Buccaneers, including wide receiver Ike Hilliard, are questionable for Sunday's game. But all four practiced on Friday and appear likely to play. Carolina QB Jake Delhomme, on the other hand, hasn't practiced all week and seems destined to miss the contest.

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Defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, wide receiver Ike Hilliard, cornerback Brian Kelly and defensive end Greg Spires are all questionable for Sunday's game with Carolina.

All but Hilliard participated fully in practice on Friday, making it likely that all four will be in the lineup against the Panthers.

Carolina likely won't be as lucky when it comes to quarterback Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme is listed as doubtful on the Panthers' injury report and has not practiced all week, making it nearly impossible to believe that Delhomme will play on Sunday.

That would mean David Carr, the sixth-year pro, would start in his place.

Gruden said he won't take any chances and will continue to prepare for both quarterbacks.

"You have to prepare for the mobility (of Carr)," Gruden said. "You have to prepare for both quarterbacks at this point in time. We all know Jake [Delhomme] is the kind of guy who is tough enough to show up and play his best game of his career. I've been on the wrong end of the stick. He's beat us on the last drive of the game I don't know how many times."

The rest of the injury news is better for the Panthers. Linebacker Adam Seward (calf) is questionable, but participated fully in practice on Friday.

Guard Jeremy Bridges (toe), defensive end Mike Rucker (toe) and tackle Travelle Wharton (toe) are probable.


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