Starting quarterback Brad Johnson is still questionable with a lower back contusion and not expected to practice Wednesday.
And judging from Shaun King's miserable performance in Monday night's 17-7 loss to the Steelers, Bucs coach Jon Gruden is probably leaning toward starting Rob Johnson against the Bears.
King, who was making his first start in nearly two years, went 9 of 26 for 73
yards and was replaced in the third quarter by Rob Johnson.
King's second pass attempt was intercepted by Steelers cornerback Chad Brown,
giving Pittsburgh a 14-0 lead barely five minutes into the game.
Rob Johnson fared a little better and finally got the Bucs into the end zone.
But on his first drive after replacing King, he passed for 101 yards, took four sacks and came away with nothing when he was stripped and fumbled inside the 10-yard line.
However, Gruden is likely to start Rob Johnson because he has more game
experience in the last two seasons.
"(Rob) might be more acclimated to game speed," said Gruden. "It's one thing,
we blitzed a lot on the practice field last week, trying to simulate as much
game-like speed as possible. But when it's all said and done and you go out
there and play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that they have and you get
their A-game, their best shot, the speed is going to take you a little while
to get accustomed to. I think that shocked Shaun a little bit, early
particularly, and that will have some impact on the decision that we make."
The Bucs' loss to the Steelers dealt a blow to their chances for earning a
first-round bye. Tampa Bay must win against Chicago and have the Jets beat the
Packers to avoid playing host to a wild-card game against either Atlanta, New
Orleans or the New York Giants.
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