Bucs QB King Promoted

November 29 – In a somewhat anticipated move, Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King, who was inactive for 10 games this season, was officially promoted to second-string by head coach Jon Gruden on Friday. The move means Bucs QB Rob Johnson was demoted to the team's No. 3 quarterback spot. In other news, PewterReport.com has the Bucs-Saints injury report.

Buccaneers third-string quarterback Shaun King took all of the second-string reps in practice this week and was officially promoted to the No. 2 quarterback spot behind starting QB Brad Johnson on Friday afternoon.

"I just want to say I like both quarterbacks," said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. "I just feel that it's best for our football team right now to make Shaun King the backup quarterback. We'll continue to work with Shaun and Rob. Shaun's been working hard. He's a guy that I've said from the beginning that I like. Right now, I think he deserves to be the second-team quarterback, being totally fair."

The move, which was somewhat expected, comes just one week after Rob Johnson filled in for Brad Johnson against Green Bay after Tampa Bay's starting quarterback was raked in the eye on the second play of the game and missed about one quarter of action. Rob Johnson, who started in place of Brad Johnson in the team's game at Carolina on Oct. 27, struggled as a starter and lacked consistency. He completed 29-of-45 passes (64.4 percent) for 243 yards and he threw no touchdowns and two interceptions. Johnson was also sacked nine times in the three contests he appeared in.

King, who was Tampa Bay's 1999 second-round draft choice out of Tulane, has played in 26 career games and has started 21 of those contests. King has completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 3,861 yards and he's tossed 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. King's record as a starter is 14-7 in the regular season.

In injury-related news, Tampa Bay will probably not have defensive nose tackle Anthony McFarland back in its lineup on Sunday night. McFarland was downgraded to doubtful on Thursday, but Gruden said the team would make a game-time decision on whether or not "Booger" will play.

"He'll be a game-time decision," said Gruden. "He is improving and we'll make that decision on game day.

"In my mind, he's (better) than questionable, he's almost full-go – in my mind. Whether or not we play him in this game is doubtful in some other's minds. You've got to list him that way because, medically, he's doubtful. He's getting close and we'll make the final decision on game day. But he is indeed doubtful for kickoff."

If McFarland can't play, backup DT Chartric Darby will start in his place.

Bucs wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, running back Aaron Stecker and fullback Jameel Cook have all been upgraded to probable and they're all expected to play against the Saints on Sunday night.

PewterReport.com has the Bucs-Saints final injury report listed below. Tampa Bay and New Orleans will clash Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET inside the Louisiana Superdome. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

BUCS-SAINTS INJURY REPORT:

INJURY KEY
Probable (Player has a 75 percent chance of playing)
Questionable (Player has a 50 percent chance of playing)
Doubtful (Player has a 25 percent chance of playing)
Out (Player will not play)


TAMPA BAY

RB Aaron Stecker (hamstring) – Probable
DT Anthony McFarland (forearm) – Doubtful
DE Ellis Wyms (Ankle) – Questionable
FB Jameel Cook (Ankle) – Probable
WR Keyshawn Johnson (Ribs) – Probable


NEW ORLEANS:

LB Darrin Smith (Ankle) – Probable
TE David Sloan (Back) – Questionable
RB Deuce McAllister (Ankle) – Questionable
WR Jerome Pathon (Concussion) – Questionable
G LeCharles Bentley (Ankle) - Questionable


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