Gruden concerned about Galloway
Jon Gruden says receiver Joey Galloway (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina and added that he was "concerned" about Galloway's status going forward, too. But don't lose sleep over Galloway possibly missing the first-round playoff game against the Giants next weekend. Frankly, this sounds like a bit of drama from Gruden, who probably never intended to play Galloway against Carolina, anyway. Still, the coach is sticking to his story.
"We're not making this up, so I'm concerned," Gruden said after this morning's practice. Ike Hilliard is questionable with a knee injury, another potential blow to the receiving corps even though the offensive starters aren't expected to play much this week.
"If Ike can't go, we've lost six receivers," Gruden said. "I've never heard of losing two or three. When you throw in (David) Boston and Paris Warren and Mark Jones and Maurice Stovall, you're talking about six."
Galloway's doubtful status translates to a 25 percent chance he will play, according to NFL injury-reporting guidelines. The strange thing about the Galloway situation was that he was listed on Wednesday and Thursday as having not practiced as the result of a team decision. That indicates he was held out purposely rather than prevented from practicing because of injury.
Whatever the case, my guess is Galloway will be suiting up in the playoffs and the shoulder will no longer be an issue. But, for now, I suppose this is as much intrigue as we can expect to have for a meaningless season finale.
EDIT, 5:20 p.m.: Since I posted this earlier in the day, the Bucs have submitted their official injury report to the league. On it, they have listed Galloway as "out" of Sunday's game. However, in the injury column, there is no mention of the shoulder injury. Instead, it states the reason for his missing the game as a team decision. So, basically, the Bucs have decided they're not playing him this week. You can pretty much draw the conclusion from this that the shoulder is fine and won't keep him out of next week's playoff game. Basically, you can't say the guy's status for a game is affected by an injury if that's not really the case.
I realize that's confusing. Hope it all makes sense.