Bucs' Alstott questionable for Monday night game

Updated: October 4, 2003, 4:37 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott is questionable for Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a strained neck.

Coach Jon Gruden said Saturday that Alstott's status was downgraded from probable after tests didn't reveal why the six-time Pro Bowl selection's neck has been sore for "the last couple of weeks."

Asked what the tests showed, Gruden replied: "Not enough. That's why we're downgrading him to questionable and bringing in all these testers." He added that Alstott's availability probably will be determined just before kickoff.

"We're going to bring some experts in here, and they will look at him," Gruden said.

"I'm not going to stand here and tell you there's no fear. ... At the same time I'm not going to say anything I can't back up. ... We're giving him some tests and we're hoping the tests reveal as to why this man has a sore neck."

Alstott declined to speak to reporters after practice.

Meanwhile, Pro Bowl middle linebacker Shelton Quarles will not play against the Colts. He's been sidelined since the week before the regular season opener because of a fractured left forearm and dislocated left elbow.

Quarles returned to practice last week, and Gruden is hopeful he can play next week at Washington.

"That will be determined. He'll have to go through some tests and, obviously, he'll have to practice and see how it feels," Gruden said. "We'll comment on next week, next week. But he's out for this game."

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