Updated: September 2, 2003, 11:39 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Chicago Bears: In the wake of LG Rex Tucker's season-ending injury, the team will bring in former Lion Tony Semple and ex-Viking Corbin Lacina for tryouts. Lacina, 32, started every game for the Vikings last season but remained unsigned until three weeks into training camp. He was then signed by New England only to be cut a week later. Semple, a nine-year veteran, might have an advantage over Lacina because he also has experience as a long-snapper. But first he must prove he is fully recovered from reconstructive shoulder surgery last winter. Even if the Bears are interested in one of the players they might wait until next week to sign either since both are vested veterans and if they started the season on the roster their 2003 contracts would be guaranteed for the season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: When official lineups are announced Wednesday for the season opener, LB Ryan Nece, not Dwayne Rudd, is expected to be named Tampa Bay's starter on the strong side. "Being an NFL linebacker, your No. 1 job is to produce, make plays,'' linebackers coach Joe Barry told the Tampa Tribune. "Just watch the tape. Watch the five preseason games we played. Ryan Nece had an unbelievable preseason. Not only in one game, but in all five games. He put himself in a position to be a starter and to run out with the first group.'' Nece, the son of Hall of Famer S Ronnie Lott, led the defense with 32 tackles in the preseason and also had an interception and a sack.
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