Clarifying the Mortensen report on Garcia
Chris Mortensen is arguably the best NFL insider in the business, which is why he is featured on ESPN.
On Sunday morning, he did a brief segment on Jeff Garcia, who was not expected to play against the Saints because of a back injury.
Mortensen did not report that Garcia had a hairline fracture, as we incorrectly related in this space. What he said was the Bucs "suspected," he had a hairline fracture and there obviously is a big difference.
To say the least, he didn't deserve the reaction from Jon Gruden and Garcia when they were given some misleading information of his report.
To further clarify, here's exactly what Mortensen said on the Sunday countdown show.
"Even though he's greatly admired around the league, when Jeff Garcia hit the free agent market, there wasn't a frenzy for his services as a starter. Even the Bucs preferred Jake Plummer...the concern on Garcia was durability because while his heart and mind are fearless, he's only 5-11, 187 pounds and most league evaluators felt he had a 10-12 game limit...Well, after 11 games, Garcia is hurting with either a tailbone or a lower back injury. The Bucs have suspected a hairline or stress fracture but x-rays were negative. He practiced on a limited basis Friday but it will take a miracle for him to start against the Saints. Luke McCown should go and they hope to utilize his mobility."