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Gruden downplays Garcia's injury



Garciahobbled Bucs coach Jon Gruden considered quarterback Jeff Garcia's right calf injury not serious, calling the 38-year-old veteran day-to-day despite his obvious inability to put weight on the leg. (Watch audio slideshow)

"I don't believe it's serious," Gruden said. "We're going to get the information. He might not have much at all. Right now, until we evaluate it further, we really can't say much else."

Garcia was injured in a non-contact "scramble drill," likely on a roll out.

"I think it was just a freak thing," Gruden said. "He was dropping back and took off as he always does, changed directions and felt a little pull in there."

Garcia was taken by golf cart to the locker room, then struggled to walk a distance of about 15 feet from the sidewalk to the front door. He put almost no weight on his right leg as he made his way in to be evaluated further.

Prior to that, Garcia was worked on by trainers for more than 10 minutes under a sideline tent, apparently to no avail. When he got up from the trainer's table after a few minutes of therapy, he tested the leg by walking a few steps but quickly abandoned those efforts.

The Bucs are scheduled to conduct a light walkthrough practice this afternoon. There is no word whether Garcia will participate or be available for comment.

At the very least, until the severity of Garcia's injury is firmly established, it will fuel speculation of the Bucs' interest in Packers quarterback Brett Favre.

Meanwhile, the Bucs are evaluating another injury, a groin strain suffered by starting defensive tackle Jovan Haye this morning. Haye's injury is believed to be potentially serious, though Gruden did not publicly express concern. Others did.

"I don't know how serious it is for sure," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "It definitely was a real significant injury. I don't have the whole report."

(Pictured - Jeff Garcia limps back into the training facility on Thursday morning. Times photo - Brian Cassella. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:05pm]


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