Dunn, Sears could miss Sunday’s game

Published: October 31st, 2008
By Bucs Beat

The Bucs could be without running back Warrick Dunn and left guard Arron Sears for Sunday's game at Kansas City.

Dunn, who played sparingly last week at Dallas, has a pinched nerve in his back and did not practice this week. Sears has a back strain and suffered a mild concussion in practice Wednesday, even though it was supposed to be a non-contact workout and players weren't wearing helmets.

The status of both players will be determined on Sunday before the game.

"These guys that play seven, eight, nine, 10, 12 years, there's a reason why they do that,'' coach Jon Gruden said. "The guys who have had the kind of careers that Warrick has had, they all play through so many different things. That's why you talk about them, you write about them, you know about them and Warrick is one of those guys. This is my first experience with him and he's not the most talkative guy, he's a very reserved guy. We want him to get right, we want him to get healthy and he is doing that.

"If he can go based on our eyes and our visual evaluation, we'll certainly let him play. But for the time being, we've got to do what's right too, and that's wait until we see it happen.''

If Sears can't go, he will be replaced by rookie Jeremy Zuttah.

"You try to reduce contact and you have a collision,' Gruden said. "That just shows you a little about our team. You have a tendency to go a little too hard all the time.''

Fullback B.J. Askew, who did practice this week, is not expected to play Sunday at Kansas City. Receiver Maurice Stovall also will be out. Both players are recovering from hamstring injuries.