Garcia seems closer to return
Jeff Garcia (John Raoux/AP)
Jeff Garcia (John Raoux/AP)
Posted Aug 4, 2008
Matthew Postins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden said that quarterback Jeff Garcia seems closer to returning from his injured calf, though he never came out and said that Garcia would play in Saturday’s preseason opener against Miami.

Get the inside scoop from Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp every day, with comments from head coach Jon Gruden and analysis on how camp performances are affecting position battles. Today we have updates on Joey Galloway, Warrick Dunn, Gaines Adams and Jerramy Stevens. Get the scoop right here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia seems close to returning to the practice field from a strained calf, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

Gruden said on Monday that while Garcia still isn't ready to go, he is making progress from the injury that has kept him out of training camp since Saturday.

"He can watch and be a spectator at this point," Gruden said. "Hopefully in the next 48 hours he'll be able to get back on the practice field in some capacity."

The Bucs play Miami on Saturday. Given the Bucs will likely use Brian Griese, Luke McCown and Chris Simms in that game, it's unlikely Garcia would see more than a series or two of work.

"You don't want to have a setback," Gruden said.

Gruden also put DT Jovan Haye in the "making progress" category. He's missed nearly a week of camp with a leg injury and Ryan Sims has taken most of his first-team reps.

WR Joey Galloway and FB B.J. Askew seem less likely to play Saturday. DE Charles Bennett had difficulties with dehydration on Monday and missed part of the workout.

WR Antonio Bryant returned to the field after a one-day absence with a mild injury.

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