Petitgout mum about severity of injury

Despite the fact that he is done for the season, left tackle Luke Petitgout told the media on Wednesday that his knee injury is only a sprain. Also, get notes on the return of Torrie Cox and Jerramy Stevens' pursuit of an appeal in his Arizona DUI case.

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Luke Petitgout gave sketchy details about his injury as he left the locker room on Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place.

Head coach Jon Gruden provided only a little more illumination after Tampa Bay's practice on Wednesday.

Walking on one crutch, Petitgout did confirm that he did not tear both the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament of his right knee on Sunday against Carolina.

But as far as what's actually wrong with it, Petitgout said it was only a knee sprain.

"I think I'll be ready for OTAs (in April)," Petitgout said.

But when asked specifically about the injury, he said, "I'm not at liberty to say."

The Buccaneers placed Petitgout on injured reserve today and he is done for the season.

Gruden told reporters that Petitgout is scheduled for surgery later this week, but would not specify if a tendon or a ligament was injured.

Running back Carnell Williams had surgery on his right knee on Tuesday, according to Gruden, to repair the torn patella tendon Williams suffered against Carolina last Sunday. Gruden understands there has been speculation about how Williams will recover from the injury. He doesn't believe this is a career-threatening injury.

"Carnell is going to come back from this," Gruden said.

ROSTER MOVES The Buccaneers filled out their roster after placing Williams and Petitgout on IR by signing running back Kenneth Darby and tackle Dennis Roland from the practice squad to the active roster.

Darby, a seventh-round pick, had a fine preseason but failed to make the final roster cut. Roland has spent the past two seasons on the Buccaneers practice squad.

The Buccaneers also signed tackle Ryan Gibbons, wide receiver Chad Lucas and running back DonTrell Moore to the practice squad and released cornerback Marcus Hamilton from the practice squad.

RUUD EARNS HONOR: Buccaneers linebacker Barrett Ruud was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.

Ruud finished September with a league-leading 51 tackles, along with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and one interception.

This is the seventh time in Buccaneers history that a defensive player has won this award.

COX BACK: Cornerback and special teams standout Torrie Cox spoke to the media for the first time since he finished his four-game NFL suspension on Monday. Cox said he stayed in shape during the suspension, but has not donned pads since the preseason. That, he said, could be the biggest transition.

He also said he wasn't sure what his role might be on Sunday against Indianapolis. He is still listed on at as still being on the reserved/suspended by commissioner list. The Buccaneers have a one-week period before they must make a decision on Cox's roster status.

STEVENS TO APPEAL: Tight end Jerramy Stevens said he feels he has a "strong appeal" case regarding his conviction for an extreme DUI in Arizona.

Stevens learned on Tuesday that a judge in Arizona sentenced him to 12 days in jail, plus a $3,160 fine, for the conviction. The conviction could have carried a 30-day sentence, but the judge shaved 18 days off the sentence for Stevens' involvement in a NFL-sponsored rehabilitation program.

He also said he did not know if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell might take any action against him for the conviction.

INJURY REPORT: For Tampa Bay, DE Greg Spires (ankle) and WR Joey Galloway (team decision) were limited CB Brian Kelly (groin) participated fully in practice. For Indianapolis, RB Joseph Addai (chest), WR Roy Hall (shoulder), WR Marvin Harrison (knee), LB Freddy Keiaho (concussion), LB Rob Morris (knee), DB T.J. Rushing (hamstring), S Bob Sanders (chest), LB Clint Session (hamstring), T Tony Ugoh (ankle) and TE Ben Utecht (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. Colts coach Tony Dungy said most of them would not practice until later this week.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and has won national awards for his Buccaneers coverage from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is also a contributor to the Scot Brantley Show from 4-7 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1490-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.

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