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Pinkie problem for Jeff Garcia



This doesn't qualify as stop-the-presses news, but it's something to keep in mind on Sunday.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia has a jammed pinkie finger on his right (throwing) hand, something that could potentially make handling the ball a bit tricky for a veteran already coming off a calf strain.

Coach Jon Gruden said the injury shouldn't affect Garcia and that his appearance on today's injury report is just an effort to comply with the league's stringent new injury-reporting guidelines. Teams are required to list any injury that exists, even if a player is able to participate fully in practice.

"I think he's had that for a couple days," Gruden said. "I don't foresee it being serious."

Elsewhere, the Bucs appear pretty healthy outside of Davin Joseph, who has a broken right foot.

One of the few remaining questions is which players will be inactive on game day, when NFL teams are permitted to dress just 45 of their 53 players on the active roster. You also can designate an inactive (third) quarterback.

One position to watch is receiver, where the Bucs are a bit heavy with six players. Dexter Jackson will return punts and kicks, according to Gruden, so it remains to be seen which, if any, of the receivers will be inactive. There's a chance it could be Ike Hilliard given the fact Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall are heavily involved on special teams.

Gruden said the team is still in the process of deciding its inactives, so we likely won't know until just before kickoff on Sunday.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:09pm]


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