Bucs Coach Raheem Morris said RB Derrick Ward, who left Saturday's game with a head injury, was cleared to play this week and is expected to against the Jaguars. Morris admitted Ward has "got to step up," especially considering how well his competition for the No. 2 running back spot, Kareem Huggins, has done.
"He's got to keep fighting," Morris said of Ward. "He's got to go out there and continue to play. We'll let those two go out there and battle again. … Kareem is really going out there and putting his best foot forward."
Given Carnell Williams (Cadillac) injury history, the #2 RB spot is very valuable in handcuff situations.