Bucs A.M. Camp Notes - 8/7

August 7 - Tuesday was Family Day for Buccaneers' players and personnel. Some players were held out with minor injuries, but for the most part, practice went well for the Pewter Pirates.

Here are some quick hits from Tuesday morning's training camp practice.

KING STILL DETHRONED: After suffering a bruised shoulder in Saturday morning's scrimmage, QB Shaun King was still held out of practice this morning. An MRI on King's shoulder was negative and he should return to practice tomorrow.

DUNCAN AND GREEN OUT: MLB Jamie Duncan and WR Jacquez Green were held out of practice with hamstring problems. They are not serious.

MACHINE HEAD: MLB Nate Webster has been on a tear and he just keeps gaining momentum while Duncan is sidelined. In 11-on-11 drills, Webster drilled into rookie FB Jameel Cook and stopped him dead in his tracks. Webster is a man on a mission and no one wants to get in his way.

FINGER STILL IN HOSPITAL: TE Dauntae' Finger was still in St. Joseph's Hospital under going more tests on Tuesday morning. The Bucs expect those tests to come back negative, and if this happens, Finger is expected to return to practice in the afternoon. Even if Finger returns on Tuesday afternoon, it is not clear on whether or not he will practice.

OTHER NOTES: QB Brad Johnson was very accurate in 7-on-7 drills. His passes were crisp and he was putting passes in-between two defenders early and often.

GOAL LINE DRILLS: The Bucs practiced goal line drills today for the first time in camp. WR Keyshawn Johnson and RB/FB Rabih Abdullah caught touchdown passes in this drill. DT Warren Sapp was visibly unsatisfied with the defense's performance in this drill.

The Bucs' first string offense has not had much success against the first string defense and their woes continued on Tuesday morning.

The Bucs' second string defense featured David Gibson playing free safety this morning. Gibson made a nice breakup on a pass thrown towards the sideline by QB Ryan Leaf.

K Martin Gramatica might have a little more confidence in P Andrew Bayes after Monday morning's practice. LS Sean McDermott snapped a high ball to Bayes, but Bayes was able to react fast and pull the ball down and place it for Gramatica, who booted the ball through for a field goal.


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