Bucs' Rice misses practice, questionable for Sunday vs. Redskins
The 11th-year pro, who has 121 career sacks -- second-most among active players, has been bothered by a shoulder problem much of the season and didn't play in last Monday night's 24-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Like Rice, Quarles (knee/ankle) and Wyms (ankle) were listed on the injury report as questionable.
Although coach Jon Gruden said Rice is "showing signs of recovery," he wouldn't speculate on whether the three-time Pro Bowl selection will play against Washington. Asked if the injury eventually could require surgery, the coach said he wasn't sure.
"There's a chance, but we obviously don't want to lose him. We need him for these final six, seven, eight games of the season," Gruden said.
Before practice, Rice said his left shoulder was getting better. He shrugged off a question about surgery.
"I don't feel like I need it, but I'm not a doctor," Rice said.
Meanwhile, offensive tackle Anthony Davis sprained an ankle in practice and is listed as questionable.
If Rice can't play, Dewayne White will replace him. The fourth-year pro had five tackles and recovered a fumble against the Panthers.
"A high ankle sprain is always tough to come back from," Wyms said. "I'll just keep treating it and keep trusting what the trainers and doctors are telling me and get back as soon as I can."
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