As far as Mike Alstott is concerned, he got over the goal line on his two-point conversion attempt in the Buccaneers' 36-35 win over Washington on Nov. 13. And despite cries from Redskins fans that his elbow touched down short of the white stripe, he considers the issue over as well.
"It's over. We've got another game to play," Alstott said.
The Bucs' 10th-year fullback called his two-touchdown performance against the Redskins the second-greatest experience of his career, topped only by the Super Bowl.
"It was the whole game," Alstott said. "A comeback game, being involved with a couple touchdowns and being involved with a two-point conversion that determined the outcome of the game. But that season is over with and we've got a new season now. Everybody's record is 0-0."
Alstott, who leads the Bucs with six rushing touchdowns this season, was contemplating retirement at the end of the 2005 season. But he may want to reconsider.
"I feel good," Alstott said. "I feel healthy. I feel like the old player, and the best thing about it is, as a team, we feel like we're back, too. Being involved, having a great year, going 11-5 and being in the Super Bowl hunt.
"It's a decision that will be determined later. That's a subject that will be discussed later."
However, Alstott admits he is taking time to soak in the atmosphere this season.
"You always soak them in, and I realized that after I was hurt in '03," said Alstott. "Every time you walk out of that tunnel, you never know what's going to happen. You don't know if you'll be able to put that uniform on again and go out there and play. I walk out of that tunnel very proud and excited to go out on that field and do the things athletes enjoy to do."I spoke to the team when I was injured about not taking it for granted, because nobody knows how long you're able to play this game."
--QB Chris Simms owns a 7-5 career record as a starter in the NFL.
--WR Michael Clayton is out for Saturday's game against the Redskins with a turf toe injury. Clayton, who missed the season finale against New Orleans, might not be able to rejoin the Bucs unless they go deep into the playoffs.
--DE Simeon Rice has averaged 11.9 sacks a year since 1996, the best in the NFL during that span. Rice is second in the NFC with 14 sacks this season.
--S Jermaine Phillips (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday but is expected to play Saturday against the Redskins.
--PK Matt Bryant's .815 field goal percentage ranked 15th in the NFL and was the fifth-best single-season mark in team history.