Saturday, Nov. 24
Final injury report, 10:48 a.m.
My apologies for the tardiness. That drive to Clewiston and back is a long one. Covered Tampa Catholic, which won Friday night and will play some school from Miami next Friday in the 2A Florida State Semifinals. A guy cannot make a living on Bucs alone, you know.
Here is the final injury report: For the Bucs, DE Greg Spires (calf) is out. RB Michael Pittman (ankle) is doubtful. FB B.J. Askew (ankle) is questionable). WR Michael Clayton (ankle) and RB Earnest Graham (ankle) are probable. For the Redskins, OL Randy Thomas (triceps), S Sean Taylor (knee) and WR James Thrash (ankle) are out. RB Mike Sellers (back) is doubtful. OL Todd Wade (knee) is questionable. RB Ladell Betts (illness), DL Cornelius Griffin (foot), OL Stephon Heyer (illness), OL Pete Kendall (ankle), WR Santana Moss (heel), WR Antwaan Randle El (chest) and LB London Fletcher (ribs) are probable.
Pittman probably won't play, but I think Askew will start without issue. The Bucs have to like the fact that Taylor won't play. My colleague in Washington, John Keim, said this is an average secondary without Taylor. We'll see how the Redskins shift things to compensate on Sunday. Also, losing Thrash gives Campbell one fewer option, but Thrash hasn't been a big threat this season so it's not a big loss. And I don't by Randle El being probable, though he'll play. He supposedly sprained a rib last week and I see that bothering him.
Get ready for the game, 9:45 a.m.
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Graham still shaking off rust, 9:40 a.m.
Though we're all impressed with how Earnest Graham has stepped up this season, he told reporters on Friday that he's still shaking off the runs of three years of NFL special teams work. Read more at TBO.com.
Pittman's just about out, 9:30 a.m.
Michael Pittman hasn't practiced all week, and Jon Gruden's talking about how Michael Bennett is now better prepared to be Earnest Graham's backup. Sounds like a recipe for a day off for Pittman to me. Read more at Tampabay.com.
Practice squad update, 9:30 a.m.
The Bucs re-signed Marcus Hamilton to the practice squad on Friday and released OG Brian Johnson.