It's official: Garcia to sit
Coach Jon Gruden just made it official, saying without reservation after a just-completed practice that Brian Griese will start Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Gruden said the team hopes Garcia can use the week off to heal his sprained ankle and, perhaps, make a full recovery from the calf injury that limited him in the preseason that might not be completely healed.
"I believe the best thing to do is go with Griese and that's what we'll do," Gruden said.
"I just want him to get healthy physically and emotionally and hopefully he can come back and get started and be the kind of quarterback I know he is."
Not sure what Gruden means when he refers to Garcia's emotional state, but this might not be strictly a matter of health. Also, indications we got from a subsequent conversation with Gruden point to Garcia being very unhappy with the decision, a sign he feels he is able to play this week.
As far as Griese is concerned, starting this weekend gives him a chance to potentially finish what he started in Tampa in 2005, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
"When I left here in 2005, I had unfinished business," he said. "I knew we had a good team and that stung. Ever since that point, I wanted the opportunity to come back and finish that business and that's how I'm going to approach this, as a continuation of what I started."
Also, updating an earlier post, Warrick Dunn's absence in today's practice was scheduled. The team is trying to keep him fresh considering he is 33-years old.
STEPHEN F. HOLDER