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Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Joey Galloway's broken foot point of irritation?



Tampa Bay Bucs receiver Joey Galloway missed five weeks with what the Bucs orginally described as a right foot sprain he suffered against the Atlanta Falcons.

For weeks, coach Jon Gruden bemoaned the loss of Galloway, whom he referred to as the 'White Tiger,' for his rare appearance this season. Remember, he missed all of training camp and the preseason with a groin strain.

Now Galloway has come forward to admit that in fact his foot was broken against the Falcons and the club did not want that information public because they wanted other teams to prepare for the speedy receiver.

It's hard to imagine that was much of a competitive edge for the Bucs, but so be it. Now that Galloway is completely healthy, he rarely gets on the playing field. Antonio Bryant has taken Galloway's split end position and Michael Clayton is playing well at flanker. Because the Bucs rarely use three receivers, Galloway is the odd-man out, a tough position for a player who has enjoyed three, 1,000-yard receiving seasons with Tampa Bay.

But the Bucs and Galloway's reluctance to disclose the foot was broken made him appear like a player who didn't have the toughness to play with a foot sprain.

In the past three games, Galloway has four catches for 60 yards and did not have a reception last week against the Vikings.

"I'm sure it is tough on him,'' Gruden said of Galloway's new role. "It's been tough on us. We've had to make a lot of adjustments, not only at running back but in our receiving corps. But he plays the same position that Antonio Bryant plays and he can't deny the fact that Antonio is playing great. Not good, he's playing really outstanding football. They're kind of stacked at the same position. We're trying our best to utilize them both and we'll continue to do that.

"But Mike Clayton is having a solid year. His statistics may not say so, but put the tape on. He's really playing well, as is Ike Hilliard. Joey missed a lot of time late last season, missed a lot of the preseason -- all the preseason - he missed five or six games. We're in the process of doing the best we can to use everybody.''

When asked Thursday if Galloway's injury was more serious than he portrayed, Gruden said, "It was a six-week injury. I don't know how you portray anything. It was a six-week injury. I'll let him answer those questions. All I know is we play Detroit Sunday.''

Then Gruden ended the news conference.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:17pm]


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