Buccaneers linebacker Barrett Ruud has not participated in any of the team’s voluntary workouts — a first in Ruud’s five-year career. The absence of Tampa Bay’s leading tackler (137 tackles in 2008) has led to speculation that he may not show for the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday — a move that the St. Petersburg Times reports would cost Rudd a significant amount in fines:
He can certainly opt not to come, but that decision could be a costly one. Under the rules of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams have the right to fine players a maximum of $8,000 for missed activities, such as minicamps. The club isn’t required to assess any fines, but it certainly has the option.
The Times reports that Ruud has been in contact with new Bucs coach Raheem Morris, who also has to be concerned with other potential no-shows. It’s rumored that guard Aaron Sears and quarterback Brian Griese will miss Tuesday’s practices. Spears is dealing with an unspecified personal issue, while Griese is unhappy with a crowded QB situation that could ultimately lead to his release.