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News » Tampa Bay Buccaneers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--Chiefs running back Larry Johnson returned to practice Wednesday, but it could be some time before he plays in another game.


Johnson is facing a NFL suspension because of his off-field issues and the Chiefs don't expect him to play Sunday against the Bucs.

Johnson met Tuesday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York, one day after turning himself in to Kansas City police on a simple assault charge stemming from an Oct. 10 complaint that he allegedly spit on a woman at a nightclub.

"It is in the best interest of both Larry and the Chiefs that Larry focuses his attention on addressing his personal issues," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said in a statement. "At present, we do not believe Larry can contribute to our team on the field until those issues are resolved."

--Coach Jon Gruden said in retrospect, the Bucs probably should not have played RB Warrick Dunn, who was limited with a pinched nerve in his back. "In hindsight, maybe we shouldn't have allowed him to play," Gruden said. "We chose not to use him much. But he is such a warrior. He has played this game for so long. But I agree, he wasn't himself Sunday in Dallas and that's a big part of the offense."

--RB Clifton Smith will likely handle the punt and kickoff return duties Sunday at Kansas City after his splashy debut at Dallas last week. Smith takes over from second-round pick Dexter Jackson. But like Jackson a week earlier, he fumbled the second-half kickoff.

"I felt I opened some eyes again," Smith said. "I always have the big question above my head saying that he might be a fumbler, which is a stigma I don't want to put on me at all. It's not my game to put the ball on the ground."

BY THE NUMBERS: 15.0 - The average number of points the Bucs' defense is allowing per game, second in the NFL.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Jiminy Christmas, they've got a tremendous, devoted base of fans." -- Bucs coach Jon Gruden on Chiefs fans.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2008

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