Gruden Speaks: Adams has injury

In this edition of "Gruden Speaks," the Bucs head coach talks about the injury situation of two players, including first-round pick Gaines Adams.

Gaines Adams has a strained triceps muscle and sat out Wednesday's practice at Buccaneers training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Adams, who has been taking reps with the second group of defensive linemen for most of training camp, will probably not be off the field very long, according to head coach Jon Gruden.

"He's day-to-day," Gruden said. "We've got a lot of guys, several guys, that have bumps and bruises. But he's day-to-day. He's got a triceps strain."

Gruden said the injury likely occurred while Adams was working in a pile of players.

Adams, the No. 4 pick, is being counted upon to see playing time immediately at right defensive end, where Patrick Chukwurah is getting most of the first-team reps. This is a minor setback in Adams' development during camp.

"There are going to be some that are going to sit there and count sacks," Gruden said. "As a rookie player, our goal is for him to continue to improve. We think he has natural pass rush ability, but there's a lot more than just rushing the passer. You've got to be able to play the run, you've got to be able to play situational football. We'll check his stamina.

"Can he play hurt? Can he do those things that the great players do? There's a lot of pressure on you when you're the first-round draft choice."

Tackle Luke Petitgout missed his third straight workout with what Gruden called general soreness.

"He's probably going to be back tomorrow or the next day," Gruden said.

Gruden said the Bucs did research of how the New York Giants used Petitgout during training camp the past eight years and that research has played a factor in how they're using him during camp.

Chris Simms saw precious little in the way of practice reps for the fourth straight day. His reps came primarily in running drills where he was limited to handing off to backs.

Gruden said the lingering sore elbow is getting better, but would only say the team would give him reps when the time was right.

"He's got whatever you want to call it," Gruden said. "He's got to improve his play. When he does get reps in an individual drill, whatever it may be, he's got to get it done. And when he gets it done, he'll get more reps."

And Gruden had to answer questions about former defensive end Simeon Rice after published reports that Rice had passed a physical performed by noted sports doctor Dr. James Andrews. Rice told media outlets that he passed with "flying colors."

"It was all 100 percent," Rice told the St. Petersburg Times. "Dr. Andrews said, ‘What kind of physical did you take down there?' I told him they just checked for my mobility in the shoulder and said I failed. He said, ‘They didn't even test you for any kind of structure in the shoulder?'"

Rice also told the Times he was asked by general manager Bruce Allen to take a pay cut, but he refused. Allen did say last week that Rice was "not interested" in taking a salary cut.

Gruden said there was no relationship between Rice's release and the signing of Adams that same day.

"We made a move and it has nothing to do really with anything that Gaines Adams can control," Adams said. "Gaines was brought in here to play for the Buccaneers and be a pass rusher. We thing he fits the style of defense that we play and we're excited about his upside. Hopefully we'll see it real quick."

The Bucs skipped the afternoon workout for a team-building exercise — a trip to the movie theater to see the new Christian Bale film, "Rescue Dawn."

Want to read the entire Jon Gruden transcript from Wednesday's press conference? Click here.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and has won national awards for his Buccaneers coverage from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors.

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