While the team has been tight lipped on players missing OTA practices,
becuase, as GM Mark Dominik put it they are voluntary in nature. A source told PewterReport.com the reason that Tampa Bay Buccaneers left guard Arron Sears has been absent for much of the off-season conditioning program and OTA’s is he, is still feeling the neurological effects from a concussion he sustained on Oct 30, 2008 during a practice session. Many reports speculated that it was due to injury concerns. However many pundits believed it was an issue with his knee that he had to have surgery on last off-season.
Neurologist James P. Kelly, co-author of the AAN’s Practice Parameter on the Management of Concussion in Sports and a member of American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the Brain Injury Association said “People throw around the phrase `minor concussion,’ but there is no such thing as a `minor’ concussion. Repeated concussions can cause not only permanent damage to the brain, but even death.”
According to Kelly Immediate symptoms of concussions include headache, dizziness or vertigo, lack of awareness of surroundings, and nausea or vomiting. As time progresses, an individual who suffers a concussion can develop mental dysfunction, sleep disturbance, light-headedness, and ringing in the ears. Source: USA Today
With Sears sidelined second year center / guard Jeremy Zuttah has been taking all the first team reps at left guard.
“At this point we are continuing with (playing guard), I’m just starting to compete for that, and trying to focus on that,” said Zuttah. “If it comes down to where I have to go back to center and tackle and take some reps there I feel like I could easy enough, but I’m trying to compete and get better right now. You can’t focus on one thing when you are doing that. You have to train yourself to be versatile. Now I can focus on one spot and try to get better at one spot.
“I feel comfortable. It is an adjustment not trying to play every position and just focusing on one, to get better at all those aspects instead of just a broad scheme. It is something that has to be adjusted too.” Source: PewterReport.com
Should Sears not be ready for training camp, the battle that was to ensue between himself & Zuttah might not in come to a head, but after watching Zuttah filling in for Pro-bowler Davin Joseph early last season the team should still be in decent shape.