Garcia improving, Griese to start
Quarterback Jeff Garcia still isn't ready to participate in team drills, but he was moving around a lot better today when the Bucs resumed workouts at their facility in Tampa.
Garcia will not play in Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots. In fact, Jon Gruden just revealed that Brian Griese will start the game.
But Garcia was running much better on his sprained right calf and moved well in some change or direction drills with trainer Todd Toriscelli Friday.
Meanwhile, receiver Joey Galloway continued to recover from a groin strain by working out on an adjacent field. Galloway missed all three weeks of training camp. Also not practicing was tight end Ben Troupe and defensive tackle Jovan Haye. Troupe, it turns out, has a foot injury but should play Sunday, Gruden said.
Last week at Miami, Luke McCown started at quarterback. But Gruden will make good on his promise to shuffle things at the position from week to week, at least during the preseason. That will give he and his staff the opportunity to better evaluate Griese and McCown because both will get playing time with the starting offense.