Tuesday, Oct. 16
Clayton could be out a while, 5:05 p.m.
While there is no official word from the Buccaneers, Tampabay.com is reporting that wide receiver Michael Clayton has a high ankle sprain, but no ligament damage. Here's the link. That means the Bucs really have to do something at wide receiver, either promoting a practice squad player or signing a veteran free-agent. Check this blog from earlier today for a list of free agents. The Bucs did put a fourth wide receiver on the practice squad today, Derrick Hamilton.
Garrard could be out, 5 p.m.
If you watched last night's Monday Night game you saw Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard take what looked like a big hit. It actually was not as bad as it appeared, but after the game Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio didn't have a lot of hope that Garrard would be ready for Sunday, according to the Florida Times-Union. If Garrard can't play against the Bucs, that's a huge break. Or did you miss his backup, Quinn Gray's, less than scintillating performance in Garrard's place? The Bucs' odds of winning this game just improved a bit.
He's begging to play, 4:55 p.m.
Big ol' NFL bust Peter Warrick is from Bradenton, nearby Tampa, and he's itching to play for the Buccaneers, apparently. Bradenton Herald writer Roger Mooney, who used to cover Florida State, Warrick's alma mater, made a case for the seven-year NFL vet in. This feature. Yes, the Bucs are likely desperate enough to consider this.
The day ahead, 10:53 a.m.
Tuesday is usually a pretty dead day in the NFL, but I wouldn't put it past the Bucs to make a move at wide receiver, though they probably won't officially make the announcement until Wednesday. In the meantime, here's my newest piece on the injury situation. Based on the past, I'm of the opinion that the Buccaneers' injury situation has reached critical mass and that the team may be on a downhill slide if they suffer one more major blow. Click here to link to this Bucsblitz.com premium piece.
Looking around, 10:32 a.m.
It's entirely possible the Buccaneers may go outside the organization for receiving help. As a reference, here's a list of the available wide receivers on the waiver wire right now, according to Scout.com NFL expert Adam Caplan.
Bennett still learning, 10:31 a.m.
Gruden staying upbeat, 10:27 a.m.
I don't see how, but Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is accentuating the positive after losing returner Mark Jones for the season and, most likely, wide receiver Michael Clayton for a length of time, according to this article at TBO.com.