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Joseph breaks foot, will miss several weeks



Starting right guard Davin Joseph has undergone surgery for a broken foot and could miss the season opener -- and beyond -- for the second time in three years.

Joseph suffered the injury late in the second quarter of Sunday's 27-10 win against the Patriots Sunday and underwent surgery on Monday. The team is still attempting to determine an exact timetable for his return, but the St. Petersburg Times has learned he could be sidelined anywhere from four to eight weeks.

Even a conservative estimate means he could miss at least a couple regular-season games.

In 2006, Joseph suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the first three games of his career. He returned to start the season's final 12 contests.

Joseph was coming off a dominant performance against New England. The offensive line played superbly in the game, with Joseph leading the way on some of the night's best runs. Tampa Bay had 114 yards rushing the first half alone.

In Joseph's absence, rookie Jeremy Zuttah took first-team reps in today's practice. Veteran Dan Buenning is also capable of playing guard, though he has been working mostly at center this fall.

Elsewhere, the Bucs saw Jeff Garcia (calf) and Joey Galloway (groin) practice -- Galloway for the first time this fall -- but Gruden would not commit to playing either in Saturday's game against Jacksonville. Garcia took 100 reps in a lengthy walkthrough to give him some mental work.

"It's been about three weeks since he's explosively had to change direction, reset and throw the ball," Garcia said. "He does play with a certain unique style that's hard to emulate. Until he does it I can't really say. Hopefully, in two days, we'll know."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:08pm]


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