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WR Galloway expected to miss Bears game

The last time quarterback Brian Griese faced the Bears, he also was with the Bucs. He spent the past two seasons in Chicago.

JIM DAMASKE | Times (2004)

The last time quarterback Brian Griese faced the Bears, he also was with the Bucs. He spent the past two seasons in Chicago.

TAMPA — Joey Galloway can walk, but running could make his foot sprain worse.

That's why the 36-year-old receiver is not expected to play Sunday at Chicago.

"It could make it worse if we were to do too much right now," he said. "We'll just have to let it quiet down a bit and then begin the rehab process."

Galloway made his first public comments Thursday since sustaining the right foot injury Sunday against the Falcons. "I'm walking now, which is definitely progress from where I was Monday," he said.

Michael Clayton said he expects to be in the starting lineup at flanker. Antonio Bryant would move to Galloway's split end spot.

"A couple players have already spoken that (Galloway is) not going (to play), but I'll make that decision, okay?" coach Jon Gruden said. "I'll decide who starts, too. As long as I have the title here as head coach, I'll do that."

Galloway and G Davin Joseph (foot) did not practice. DE Gaines Adams (abdomen), LB Derrick Brooks (hamstring) and CB Aqib Talib (hamstring) were limited but were expected to play.

Mack practices: Rookie CB Elbert Mack practiced while awaiting word on his suspension appeal from the league office. Mack was suspended for one game without pay for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons QB Matt Ryan on Sunday. The NFL will rule on Mack's appeal before the Chicago game.

"I hope they get back (to us) pretty soon," Gruden said. "We're hoping to have him. We also understand that the league will serve justice in the best way they see fit."

Mack was fined $5,000 for a similar hit on Texans QB Alex Brink on Aug. 28.

"Any time you go to the head of a player, it's perceived to be very, very wrong," Gruden said. "They've done a good enough job in the league emphasizing those points. In the heat of the battle, sometimes guys are trying to make an impact play."

Windy City return: QB Brian Griese spent the past two seasons playing for the Bears. Last season he guided them to a 3-3 record as a starter, appearing in seven games. He was traded back to Tampa Bay when Chicago decided to go with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman.

Griese said he didn't know if he had a lot of advantages playing against his former team.

"I may know some of their individual players somewhat better than most, but other than that, I don't see a whole lot," he said.

Ahanotu jailed again: A judge sent former DE Chidi Ahanotu back to jail Thursday after he was accused of violating a domestic violence injunction. Ahanotu, who last played for the Bucs in 2004, had been out on bail after being charged last year with stalking his ex-fiancee. The woman testified in court in Tampa on Thursday that he has since called her twice. Because the allegations will bring a new charge, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder found Ahanotu in violation of his pretrial release and ordered him to be held without bail. Attorney Ralph Fernandez said he will ask the judge to reconsider the decision at a hearing Tuesday. "I didn't like the ruling," Fernandez said, "but I understand the ruling, and so does Mr. Ahanotu."

Times staff writer Colleen Jenkins contributed to this report.

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