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Bucs host Redskins in rematch of wild card game

Nov 18, 2006 - 3:14 PM Washington (3-6) at Tampa Bay (2-7) Sunday 1:00 pm ESTTAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers hardly resemble the teams that met in a playoff game last January.In the wild card game here 10 months ago, safety Sean Taylor returned a fumble 51 yards for a touchdown and Clinton Portis rushed for a score to lead the Redskins to a 17-10 victory.Things have drastically changed since the playoff meeting.For the Redskins, Mark Brunell no longer is the club's startingquarterback and Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis issidelined for three to four weeks with a broken right hand.Chris Simms, who started the playoff game for the Bucs atquarterback, is out for the season after having his spleenremoved. Sixth-round pick Bruce Gradkowski is 2-4 sincereplacing Simms.Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs decided to make the move and benchBrunell in favor of Jason Campbell following last week's 27-3loss at Philadelphia.Selected 25th overall in the 2005 draft, Campbell has been serving as the club's third-string quarterback behind Brunell and Todd Collins. He has been inactive for all 25 games in his career.In 2004, Campbell led Auburn to a 13-0 record.Ladell Betts, who rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries last week,will replace Portis as the Redskins' feature back.Gradkowski threw two interceptions and lost a fumble last Mondaynight as the Bucs suffered a 24-10 loss at Carolina.After winning back-to-back games, the Bucs have lost threestraight. They already have surpassed their loss total fromlast season and are in last place in the NFC South.Tampa Bay visits Dallas on Thanksgiving.

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