Buccaneers LB Quincy Black missed Friday's practice and will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against San Francisco, coach Raheem Morris said.
Black, a starting outside linebacker, has been bothered this week by an ankle injury. If he is unable to play, Dekoda Watson will start.
"Last year gave me the confidence with Dekoda," Morris said. "He had to go out there and start a bunch of games. Dekoda can play at a high speed and a high level."
Watson, a seventh-round draft pick by Tampa Bay last year, started two weeks ago against Atlanta and notched one tackle, one sack and a forced fumble. Last season, Watson appeared in 15 games and had one start, against Carolina, in which he had four tackles.
Adam Hayward also will see increased playing time and back up all of Tampa Bay's linebackers on Sunday, Morris said.
"Adam is Mr. Utility," Morris said. "He's like the Earnest Graham of 'backers. He's playing all over the place for us, so we feel good about it."
TE Kellen Winslow (not injury related), CB Aqib Talib (knee), DE Tim Crowder (knee), TE Zack Pianalto and Graham practiced Friday, Morris said. LB Zac Diles (hamstring) is doubtful for the game, Morris said, adding there were no changes with OT James Lee (knee), WR Sammie Stroughter (foot) or TE Luke Stocker (knee), who probably will not play against San Francisco. S Devin Holland (back) is listed as out, while DE Michael Bennett (groin) is probable.
Happy with roster
Tampa Bay spent a lot of time working on the bottom of its roster last season, but things have changed this year.
The Bucs signed WR Dezmon Briscoe, G Ted Larsen, RB LeGarrette Blount and RB Kregg Lumpkin before the 2010 season. Tampa Bay also acquired DE Alex Magee, DT Al Woods and DT Frank Okam during the season.
However, Tampa Bay's acquisition activity has been minimal this season, which Morris views as a positive.
"I'm very pleased with what our team looks like right now," Morris said. "I'm very pleased with the guys we have on our team. Do you ever stop trying to get better? No, but it's harder to come into Tampa and earn a position. It's harder to come here and grab a roster spot.
"There's been a bunch of guys here who we had to let go that we liked. There have been guys taken off our practice squad. We're getting better."
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