Injured Bucs quarterback Josh McCown is improving but still not able to throw a football, coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday.
McCown, who tore a ligament in his right thumb in the first half of the Bucs' 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 18, still has not practiced.
There were multiple reports over the weekend that McCown would test his thumb by throwing footballs Monday.
"Josh isn't ready to throw a football yet,'' Smith said. "He's making progress. He didn't practice today. He's making progress.''
McCown is hoping his thumb can heal without surgery.
"His thumb is getting better each day,'' Smith said. "He doesn't have a whole lot of pain.''
McCown's status for Sunday's game at New Orleans won't be updated until Friday. In the meantime, the Bucs plan to start quarterback Mike Glennon, who led a last-second comeback win at Pittsburgh last week.