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SIMMS, COACH ACKNOWLEDGE SORE ARM

One day after Bucs general manager Bruce Allen insisted nothing was wrong with Chris Simms' arm, coach Jon Gruden said his quarterback has a sore left elbow. Simms said his throwing arm was sore and he was taking an anti-inflammatory.

And no one could say for sure when Simms will be fully recovered.

"Well, I don't quite feel like myself," Simms said Tuesday. "I don't know how to say it. But it's hard for me to tell you guys. I think the only thing I can say to you is I'm going to continue to work and I'm not quite where I need to be."

Simms, 26, was mostly a bystander again Tuesday during the morning workout and limited to a handful of passes. He said though he rarely has a sore arm, he has been icing it and taking Cataflam, an anti-inflammatory.

Simms denied a report in the St. Petersburg Times on Monday that he was suffering symptoms from irregular proprioception, a sixth sense that allows people to know the position of their arms and legs in relation to their bodies.

The condition can occur in patients who have had abdominal surgery. Simms had his spleen removed Sept. 24.

Gruden declined to say where Simms would be on a depth chart or whether he is ready to play in a preseason game.

"I'm not going to elaborate any further other than we're in the third or fourth day of camp, he's missed a couple practices with a sore elbow," Gruden said. "We expect him to throw (today). We'll make the preseason depth chart decisions at a later date. But to be fair to everybody, he does have a sore elbow. He's been cleared to play by our trainers. We expect him to practice (today). We'll ease him back into it and hopefully he'll be able to start making a run at this thing."

That's in contrast to Allen on Monday, who said Simms' "arm is not an issue, his health is not an issue."

"My arm is a little sore. Yeah, it is," Simms said. "But it's nothing like crazy sore. I'm not going to say it's anything. I've never been one to have a sore arm in the first place. But it's a little sore and it's nothing I'm concerned about."

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