Updated: September 23, 2003, 2:22 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
NFL Draft: The lawyer for former Ohio State RB Maurice Clarett met with NFL officials Monday night to discuss the possibility of Clarett challenging the league rule that says a player can't be eligible for the draft until three years after his high school class graduates. Clarett's lawyer, Alan C. Milstein, and the player's mother, Michelle, met for about an hour with league lawyers in a last attempt to work out a compromise and avoid a lawsuit. But that doesn't seem likely. NFL officials told the New York Times they fully expect Clarett to file suit, perhaps as early as this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Shelton Quarles, who broke his forearm and dislocated his elbow before the start of the season, could be available to face his old coach Tony Dungy when the Bucs meet the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 6. Bucs coach Jon Gruden said Monday that Quarles will be upgraded to questionable for the Indy game. Quarles will have an x-ray sometime this week to determine how well the injury is progressing. "[Quarles] is the deciding factor," Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. "He'll let us know how much it hurts. If it doesn't hurt and he feels like he can play, we'll play him. Obviously he'll have to be cleared by the doctors and the trainers, and if he feels like he can function with the brace on his elbow, he'll perform for us as soon as possible."