The first injury report of the week is not due until 3 p.m., and the best guess is that Devin Hester will appear on it in some form with the fluke rib injury he suffered Sunday at Carolina.
But the receiver/returner has a good chance of playing this week against Tampa Bay. He has said that he is feeling fine and expects to play.
Hester had an MRI Tuesday on the area to determine what was wrong and sources said Monday morning that he was not ailing from broken or bruised ribs.
Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was asked what his plan was with Hester, if he would kick to Hester:
"That probably wouldn't be very smart on our part," Gruden said. "I've kind of seen over the years, this guy is very dangerous. We'll have to be very selective and be careful of how we kick to him. He's certainly one of the very best to ever play back there at that position so we'll have to be very careful and use real good judgment when we do kick to him."
The Buccaneers were tied for seventh in the league in special teams last season. They've been solid on kickoff coverage through two games and have been breached for one long punt return.
So, we'll see what light the team sheds on Hester this afternoon and whether or not he is made available. The Bears must reveal whether he participates in practice or not. But know this much, he's letting people know that he's fine.