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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Garcia improving; could start



Reiterating there is nothing structurally wrong with quarterback Jeff Garcia's back, coach Jon Gruden said the veteran will play Sunday at Houston if he shows enough improvement during the week. The Bucs have a three-game lead in the NFC South with four games to play, but the commanding lead will not be a factor in Gruden's decision to start Garcia or backup Luke McCown, who threw for more than 300 yards in Sunday's critical win at New Orleans.

"We feel like he's making improvement, and that's a good thing," Gruden said of Garcia. "I want him to tell me he's ready to go and see him move around pain-free. He's getting better, and for the time being we'll continue to work with Bruce (Gradkowski) and Luke."

McCown, who threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns in his first Bucs start, expects Garcia to play against the Texans.

"I'm going to approach this week like I approach every week, preparing as I have throughout training camp and throughout the season," McCown said. "I'm sure Jeff will be ready to go. He certainly seems like it. You always have to be prepared to play. That's been my mindset from Day 1 of training camp."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:53pm]


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