Wednesday, Oct. 14
Injury report, 5:01 p.m.
Here is the complete injury report for Wednesday — Bucs: Out — RB Michael Pittman (ankle); Did not practice — WR Michael Clayton (ankle), TE Alex Smith (ankle); Limited participation in practice — DE Patrick Chukwurah (shoulder), WR Joey Galloway (team decision), CB Brian Kelly (groin). Jaguars: Out — QB David Garrard (ankle), PK Josh Scobee (quadriceps); Did not practice — RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee); Limited participation in practice — DE Reggie Hayward (hamstring), DT Tony McDaniel (wrist), LB Daryl Smith (hip), DT Marcus Stroud (ankle), TE George Wrightster (head).
Gruden said earlier that Kelly did not practice (this was before the injury report came out). Not sure what to make of limited participation, unless Kelly is making progress.
Rainy workout, 3:05 p.m.
The Buccaneers did work out on Wednesday in the light right that fell all afternoon. Back in the old days, when the Bucs were at their old practice facility, they would have walkthroughs at the adjacent parking garage. Did the Bucs think of moving practice on Wednesday?
"No, we didn't think about that," Gruden said. "I'm glad you brought that up. That brought back great memories."
A day like today should provide the Bucs some fuel with the Tampa Sports Authority to get a practice bubble at or near One Buc Place, something the team covets. I'm sure Gruden didn't get everything he wanted out of Wednesday's practice.
The injury report is coming, but I can tell you that Alex Smith, Michael Pittman, Brian Kelly and Michael Clayton did not practice.
The word on Lucas, 1:56 p.m.
Here's what Jeff Garcia had to say about new wide receiver Chad Lucas, who went through training camp with the Bucs:
"He brings great speed to the field. He's very determined. He's a guy who I feel like has made plays in the preseason and is very capable of stepping onto the field and making plays for us. He's been around for a couple of years so he understands the system. There's not a dropoff as far as that's concerned. I think he has a great attitude in his approach to the game. He's not discouraged by the fact that he's been on the practice squad. He's encouraged by the opportunity to play. That's a fresh outlook and a fresh attitude that we're going to add to our own.
"I feel like he can step in and do some quality things for out team. I feel like he can bring a certain ability to the field that not everybody has. His speed is something that is very special and is something that hopefully can be utilized."
For the record, this guy caught two passes for 12 yards and didn't do any return work in the preseason. I would be surprised if this guy did anything beyond stand on the sidelines on Sunday.
Garrard definitely out, 12:18 p.m.
Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed during his conference call on Wednesday that starting quarterback David Garrard would not play on Sunday against Tampa Bay. In fact, Del Rio said the injury could keep the quarterback out for a couple of weeks, meaning that backup Quinn Gray will start on Sunday.
The bigger news may be running back Maurice Jones-Drew, whose status for Sunday is now in question. Del Rio said the Jags would likely hold him out of practice on Wednesday and hope to have him back later in the week.
"I would say he's questionable right now, but we don't have to designate that until later in the week," Del Rio said.
If Jones-Drew cannot play on Sunday, that changes the complexion of this game greatly.
Upcoming stories, 12:14 p.m.
Throughout this week you can read stories on Jovan Haye, Maurice Stovall and the backup quarterback situation in Jacksonville and how it might play a factor in Sunday's game. Jeff Garcia had some interesting things to say about being a backup, something he knows about from his days in Philadelphia last year. Those stories will be posted throughout the week. Also, our "Behind Enemy Lines" series begins Thursday morning as Jagnation.com's Charlie Bernstein answers my questions about the Jaguars.
Progress for Piscitelli, 12:13 p.m.
Rookie safety Sabby Piscitelli showed up in the locker room late on Wednesday, but he had a bit of a surprise — no walking boot on his injured foot. I didn't get the chance to speak to him, but he appears to be making progress. Piscitelli had been in the boot since his injury against St. Louis.
Roster moves, 10:41 a.m.
The Buccaneers have promoted WR Chad Lucas from the practice squad and signed FB Byron Storer. They also released FB Zack Crockett and placed WR Mark Jones on injured reserve. The Bucs also signed WR Derrick Hamilton and T Dennis Roland to the practice squad. I wouldn't put it past the Bucs to still go out and try and sign a veteran wide receiver today, but at least Lucas went through training camp and knows the scheme.
There's plenty more to come.