Tampa Bay wide receiver Joe Jurevicius arrived here today and apparently will play in the NFC championship game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jurevicius had missed three days of practice this week, starting on Wednesday, to attend to his wife and newborn child. The baby, expected in February, was born premature earlier this week and developed medical problems.
Coach Jon Gruden said the team supported Jurevicius whether he played or not.
Jurevicius caught 37 passes this season, and had four touchdowns in the Bucs' last seven games. He is used in three-receiver sets, and at 6 feet 5, is a huge target for quarterback Brad Johnson, who often looks to him in third-down situations and inside the red zone. Jurevicius also is a vital blocker in the running game.
It could not be determined whether he would resume his regular role on Sunday, or see limited action because of all the missed practice time. If he has diminished playing time, reserve Karl Williams likely will fill his spot.
Super Bowl Security
San Diego police will face a much tougher task on Super Bowl Sunday than they did the last time the city hosted the game.
The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have necessitated increased security around the world and at every major sporting event. At last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans, the Secret Service was in charge after federal authorities designated the game a National Security Special Event -- one that is high-profile and high-risk.
Many of the same measures from last year will be in place on Jan. 26, but the San Diego police will be in charge of security. They were in charge when San Diego last hosted the Super Bowl in 1998. They face new challenges this time.
"This is going to be quite a bit different as a result of 9/11," said assistant police chief Bill Maheu, who is in charge of security at the Super Bowl.
With more than 67,000 fans at the stadium and more than 800 million expected to watch on television worldwide, authorities in San Diego are taking no chances with security.
On Sunday, the stadium will resemble a military compound. About 3,000 local, state and federal police, California National Guard troops and private security forces will keep an eye on everything.
San Diego police will make up three-fourths of the law enforcement presence at the stadium. The city is spending about $2 million on security.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.