B. Johnson, McCardell Held Out Of Practice Again

October 24 – The Buccaneers practiced for the second consecutive day without starting quarterback Brad Johnson and wide receiver Keenan McCardell Thursday. Both players are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Carolina.

There weren't any changes made to Tampa Bay's injury report Thursday. Buccaneers starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who has a broken rib, and wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who is recovering from a fractured scapula, were both held of practice for the second consecutive day Thursday.

But Tampa Bay did welcome running back Aaron Stecker back to practice Thursday after he missed Wednesday's practice with a stomach virus. Bucs second-year cornerback Dwight Smith is still suffering from the same ailment and didn't practice Thursday, but he is expected to play against Carolina Sunday.

"Keenan McCardell did not practice," said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. "His status is unchanged, and the same goes for Brad Johnson. Aaron Stecker returned from a stomach ailment yesterday. Dwight Smith did not practice. He also has a stomach ailment of some kind. We don't know if it's flu symptoms or what, but we think he'll play."

Bucs second-string QB Rob Johnson took all of the snaps at practice Thursday. He is expected to start in place of Brad Johnson, who is listed as doubtful for Sunday. Shaun King will serve as the backup quarterback Sunday and either Brad Johnson or punter Tom Tupa will be the team's third-string quarterback against the Panthers.

Bucs WR Joe Jurevicius is expected to start in place of McCardell, who is also listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. Tampa Bay WR Karl Williams will likely fill in as the team's No. 3 receiver and either Reggie Barlow or Charles Lee likely will be activated for the Bucs' game at Carolina.


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