Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden told reporters on Friday that he’s going to give running back Carnell Williams “a shot to go” on Sunday in the home opener against New Orleans.
Williams participated in practiced for the second straight day, less than a week after suffering bruised ribs in a loss to Seattle.
Gruden said Williams was questionable, and that his use on Sunday would be a game-time decision. But he did say Williams looked a little more creative during practice.
“You know, until you take a Cadillac out and really drive it you don’t know if you want to buy it,” Gruden said. “I think he looks good cruising around, but I want to take it out on the interstate and put the pedal down, man.”
Defensive tackle Chris Hovan is questionable with an ankle sprain.
The news is not as good for cornerback Brian Kelly, whom Gruden downgraded to doubtful on Friday, making it likely that the Buccaneers would be without their second most experienced cornerback.
Phillip Buchanon would move into Kelly’s spot at right cornerback, while Ronde Barber and Sammy Davis would likely split the duties at left cornerback and nickel cornerback.
Gruden said he did not believe Kelly’s groin injury would keep him out of the lineup for a long period of time.