Chris Simms told the media that he had never heard of proprioception before yesterday, but did admit that his throwing arm is sore and that he's still doesn't "quite feel like himself" during a press conference after practice on Tuesday morning at Buccaneers training camp.
Simms spoke for about three minutes after the two-hour workout, one in which he threw just three passes after the normal warm-up period for all players. It was the second straight practice in which Simms' reps were severely limited.
Simms said his arm soreness had nothing to do with nerve damage, and did confirm that he is taking an anti-inflammatory called Cataflam, normally used in the treatment of arthritic conditions. Head coach Jon Gruden said the source of Simms' problems were in his elbow.
But he said he had never heard of proprioception, the disorder that the St. Petersburg Times disclosed Monday in a web report was the possible cause for his arm soreness, and the decrease in his practice reps.
Proprioception is the so-called "sixth sense." Proprioception was developed by the nervous system as a means to keep track of and control the different parts of the body. Without it, the brain cannot feel what different parts of the body are doing, forcing the body to carry out simple processes in more conscious and calculated steps.
When he was asked if he could feel his limbs in relationship to his body, Simms said that he didn't quite feel like himself. He did not elaborate.
Simms did not appear to have that sort of a motor problem during practice, though he threw little. He did, however catch several passes working as a tight end in dummy passing drills.
He said he has not seen a doctor about the arm soreness, outside of team trainer Todd Toriscelli.
"I was not aware of that term," Simms said. "I've learned a little bit about it in the last 24 hours. That's what you guys (media) do. You educate me so well. But I really wasn't aware of it, so I don't know what I can tell you about it."
General manager Bruce Allen denied the Times report on Monday in a 10-minute interview. When asked by a Tampa Tribune reporter after practice on Tuesday if Simms had health issues, Allen said "no."
Head coach Jon Gruden would not elaborate on the seriousness of Simms' elbow.
"You get guys at that position that do have soreness in their elbow," Gruden said. "I went through that every year with Brad Johnson and (Brian) Griese. Unfortunately it's happened early in camp. I don't want to speculate. I'm not a doctor. I don't think anybody in the media is a doctor. I just think that we respect the situation with the facts that we have."
Gruden said that he hoped Simms would be back, in a limited fashion, on Wednesday and become a more focal part of the practice once his elbow returns to form.
Simms said he wasn't concerned about the soreness and appeared to be in good humor. As walked toward the TV cameras and reporters, he faked a run to the side, as if he was avoiding the mass of people.
He doesn't believe this will put him on injured reserve. He said he started feeling the soreness the second day of camp.
"Don't make a big deal out of it because it's not a big deal," Simms said. "It's nothing that I think is going to hurt my career, or hurt me in camp. I'm OK and it's going to be fine."
Matthew Postins observed Tuesday morning's practice and charted every move Chris Simms made. How did he do? Take a look at this bucsblitz.com premium feature, the Simms practice blog.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.