"He is improving," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Lynch. "He feels much better and we'll see what happens when he wakes up tomorrow."
Lynch, who's started 68 consecutive games, will be a game-time decision. If Lynch can't play, second-year backup S John Howell will start in his place. But Gruden sounded confident that Lynch would find a way to play against the Lions.
"I'm always hopeful," said Gruden. "He's like General Schwarzkopf or Tommy Franks. He's a guy we've got to have. We don't want to leave home without him. He'll be on the trip with us and we'll see how he feels on game day. He went out and worked out prior to the Cleveland Browns game when he had an injury earlier in the season (and then played). When those game day juices start pumping, sometimes you just can't say no to the captain.
"We'll hold our decision until game time, and when we have to turn in that list of inactives, then we'll do that."
In other injury news, Bucs right tackle Kenyatta Walker was added to the team's injury report on Friday with a sprained shoulder, but he's expected to play on Sunday.
PewterReport.com has the Bucs-Lions injury report listed below.
BUCS-LIONS INJURY REPORT:
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 BUCCANEERS:
S John Lynch (neck strain) – Questionable
DE Ellis Wyms (right ankle sprain) – Questionable
WR Joe Jurevicius (right ankle sprain) – Probable
CB Dwight Smith (right knee sprain) – Probable
G Kerry Jenkins (right knee contusion) – Probable
WR Keenan McCardell (left quad contusion) – Probable
T Kenyatta Walker (left shoulder sprain) – Probable
RB James Stewart (neck) – Questionable
S Lamar Campbell (hamstring) – Probable
WR Larry Foster (ankle) – Probable
T Stockar McDougle (toe) Doubtful
G Tyrone Hopson (neck) - Doubtful
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