Updated: August 13, 2003, 11:08 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Chicago Bears: Coach Dick Jauron has all but ruled RT Marc Colombo out of the starting lineup for the season opener, and at this point no one is sure when the second-year player will return. "I'm not a doctor, but [Colombo] has not practiced at all now with us, in our June camps or in this camp, so I would say it's unlikely," Jauron told the Chicago Tribune when asked if Colombo would be ready before the exhibition season ends. Aaron Gibson, who has been bothered by creaky knees, will start in place of Colombo. Gibson, with 15 NFL starts in four NFL seasons, hasn't started a game since Oct. 28, 2001. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After completing another pain-free individual workout Tuesday, QB Jim Miller said he could be back practicing with the team by next week. "I would love to make it back for that last preseason game, so maybe next week, maybe the week after,'' Miller told the Tampa Tribune. "I just have to be smart because the biggest thing now is, can I take a hit on it? That's my biggest concern.'' The Bucs signed Miller hoping he would challenge Shaun King for the backup spot, but right now King is the No. 2 man by default. If Miller wants to comete with King, he'll definitely need to return by Aug. 26. That is the day they must cut down to 65 players and start counting Miller on the roster. If he's not ready by then the Bucs may well move Miller to the reserve physically unable to perform list, which would prevent them from activating him until after the sixth week of the season.