Cadillac Williams, recovering from a severe knee injury, ran a different kind of wind sprint Thursday. While his teammates practiced on the other field, the running back wore a harness attached to a small parachute for resistance training.
Williams, who tore his right patellar tendon Sept. 30 against the Panthers, is on the physically unable to perform list. He is eligible to return to practice at any time during the preseason. More likely, he won't be ready by September. And if he is not activated by Week 1, he must miss at least six games.
Meanwhile, receiver Joey Galloway, who has not practiced due to a groin strain, also ran sprints with the parachute. He could return by the weekend.
Thursday also saw quarterback Jeff Garcia sustain a calf strain and get carted off the field.
"When you're the head coach nowadays, you look over here, you see Cadillac (Williams)," Jon Gruden said. "You see (Joey) Galloway over here. There goes your quarterback. Hell, I can't digest all this stimuli. It's maddening."
No place like dome
The Bucs aren't just beating the afternoon heat. They're shutting it out.
The new 40-yard air-conditioned tent has helped prevent players from becoming dehydrated, a continual problem in the past.
"If you administer 10-12 IVs in the morning and then another 10-12 in the afternoon, we're talking about a serious dehydration problem," coach Jon Gruden said. "This season, we haven't given any IVs in the afternoon. And that number has been really shortened in the morning because of the way we practice. (And) cramping has been much reduced."
Rick Stroud, Times staff writer
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Aug. 28: at Houston, 8, Ch. 8
Quote of the day
"I try to be upbeat every day. I love life. Every day above ground is a great day. I love it. I love it out here. I love it."
Coach Jon Gruden