Monday, Oct. 22
Gruden's words are up, 12:57 p.m.
The complete transcript from Jon Gruden's press conference on Monday is up. You can access this premium feature by clicking here. Not every news outlet — including Buccaneers.com — runs every one of Gruden's quotes during the season.
In case you missed this, 12:51 p.m.
Last Wednesday I reported that the Bucs tried out several offensive players at One Buc Place. While the Bucs don't usually divulge details of negotiations, it's entirely possible that one of those players the Bucs tried out last week is on their radar (Gruden said it's entirely possible that the team could go out and sign someone once they put Mark Jones on IR). Who are they? Well, you can link to my premium feature on the tryouts by clicking here. Two of the players were wide receivers with NFL experience.
Jones' rehab will be hard, 12:50 p.m.
There was no sign of Mark Jones in the locker room on Monday, but Jon Gruden did reveal later in his press conference that Jones has probably torn his patellar tendon. He called it an injury similar to Carnell Williams. That means we probably won't see much of Jones until at least this time next year. For a return man like Jones, who relies on speed, this could be a career-threatening injury. Expect the Bucs to go out and find a receiver this week on the waiver wire. The pickings will be slim.
Other injuries, 11:13 a.m.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden also said that cornerback Brian Kelly is making progress but isn't sure when he'll be able to take the field. Same goes for tight end Alex Smith. I sensed a tinge of frustration.
Injury update, 11:05 a.m.
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that return man Mark Jones injured his knee and will be out for the season. Wide receiver Michael Clayton is getting an MRI on his ankle. He was on crutches in the locker room after the game. Gruden said they will look into free agent possibilities, pending Clayton's status.
Wall-to-wall coverage, 10:50 a.m.
If you haven't stopped by Bucsblitz.com since the Buccaneers' 23-16 loss to Detroit, you should. We have an in-depth game package including a wrap-up of the game, including running back Earnest Graham's performance, a scoring summary, and a photo gallery. You can also catch up with what happened during the game with our in-game blog.
The one that got away, 10:47 a.m.
Sunday's loss was a game the Buccaneers should have won. Everyone agrees. But how did it happen? Gary Shelton tries to find answers in his column at Tampabay.com.
Not-so-special day, 10:46 a.m.
For most of this season the Buccaneers special teams have performed well. And then there was Sunday, as Ira Kaufman writes, when everything just fell apart in this article in the Tampa Tribune.
Vindication, sort of, for Garcia, 10:43 a.m.
Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson writes that while Jeff Garcia certainly found some vindication in his performance in Detroit on Sunday, he didn't get what he wanted most. Check out Henderson's column at TBO.com.
Prepping for Gruden, 10:41 a.m.