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May 24, 2010

Just CHILL: Marcus Spears is taking a different approach to his uncertain status

Clarence Hill  

Defensive end Marcus Spears missed a day of OTA practices last week and will miss practices again Tuesday.

But don't read into his absences. Although frustrated about his uncertain roster status, Spears is not disgruntled.
The first time Spears was away attending a graduation in Louisiana. Tuesday he has jury duty.
A smiling Spears even brought his jury summons to work on Monday to prove it.
Spears' approach to his tenuous roster situation _ he was put on the trading block before the draft and he still believes he could be traded before season _ is far different from receiver Patrick Crayton. Crayton has stayed away from the off season program and OTA workouts after being put on the trading block during the draft.
 "I'm here, I'm playing," Spears said. "I'm getting ready for the season like I have been, trying to get better. That is my approach. Pat is doing something different. That is the way he approaches it. This is my approach. The reason why is cause at the end of the day, this is how I feed my family and I have to continue to get better in this game, whether it's here or anywhere else. I could gripe or get mad.  But at the end of the day I pay my bills from this place."
 Now that doesn't mean Spears is not frustrated or tense about the situation, considering the questions of uncertainty for his family. Like Crayton, he would like to know where he will be next year. Right now, he doesn't know.
 "That's the only thing I deal with cause I would like to know where I will be," Spears said. "I got a wife and two kids that are concerned. I got to let them know something. If a change happens, it will probably be for the best."


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