The mystery surrounding Roy Miller's sudden back problem deepened Friday.
Tampa Bay's fourth-year defensive tackle missed Thursday's practice with what coach Greg Schiano described as "muscle spasms." Miller returned to practice Friday in a limited capacity and said he hopes to play in Sunday's home matchup against the Chiefs.
Miller is listed as questionable.
"It's just one of those weird things," Schiano said. "He picked up a basket of laundry or something goofy like that and he really struggled yesterday morning to even get up. It's a muscle spasm and I think it's coming around."
Miller is a key component of the NFL's fourth-ranked run defense and Kansas City boasts the league's leading rusher in speedy Jamaal Charles.
"It's a little tight, but I'm good now," said Miller, who appeared to move stiffly in the locker room.
When Miller was told about Schiano's "basket of laundry" comment, he offered an alternate reality.
"It's one of those things that happen to everyday people," Miller said. "Something like that (laundry), trying to tie my shoes. A big man problem, a fat man problem."
If Miller is unable to play, his likely replacement will be veteran Gary Gibson, who has started only one game in the past two seasons.
Schiano remained guarded about Tampa Bay's situation at right guard, where starter Ted Larsen is struggling and RT Jeremy Trueblood has worked this week in practice. Also in the mix are Jamon Meredith and Cody Wallace.
"I think we have some options," Schiano said Friday. "I don't think anybody's changing their game plan over our right guard."
Schiano was asked whether the starter at right guard will be a game-time decision.
"Game-time announcement," he said with a smile.
Trueblood was in no mood to address the intrigue.
"You're not getting anything from me," he said on his way out the door.
With Matt Cassel sidelined by a concussion suffered in last week's 9-6 loss to Baltimore, the Chiefs are turning to QB Brady Quinn, a first-round pick in 2007 who is making his first start in three years.
"He's been ready for this opportunity," Chiefs C Ryan Lilja said. "We have a ton of confidence that Brady is going to get the job done. We have confidence we're going to go down there and get a win before our bye week. We need it. Last week, coming close like that at home, it stings. We're dying for this win and we're busting our rears for it."
Quinn has been reunited with Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who was on Cleveland's sideline when the Browns drafted Quinn out of Notre Dame.
"There is no bigger picture," said Quinn, who is hoping a successful start will resurrect his journeyman career. "Tampa is a good team and we've got a big challenge ahead of us. There's no need for me or anyone else to be looking further than this week."
Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) and starting DE Glenn Dorsey (calf) are out. … The Bucs defense leads the NFL by posting 41 negative yardage plays. … Tampa Bay is 0-12 in the past two seasons when rushing for less than 100 yards.