Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Sears had missed most of the offseason with what the Bucs continue to call a "private matter''. He didn't report to camp Friday. The move keeps Sears from counting against Tampa Bay's 80-man roster as long as he does not report to camp.
This move does not automatically put Sears down for the season. If he were to report, the Bucs could instantly add him to their roster at any time during camp. The Bucs aren't ruling out that possibility.
But, as they've done all along, they continue to prepare to go with Jeremy Zuttah starting in Sears' left guard spot.