Postscripts blog in review Oct. 22-26

Did you miss a day of "Postscripts," my daily Bucs blog? If you did, no worries. Here's the entire blog for the week of the Jaguars game, complete with injury updates, breaking news each day and links to top Bucs stories that will help prepare you for Sunday's game.

Friday, Oct. 26

Delayed injury report, 12:59 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27

Anyone who's ever driven from North Port to Fort Pierce and back in the same day knows my pain at this moment.

Here is the final injury report for Sunday's game:

Bucs: Out — RB Michael Pittman (ankle); Doubtful — WR Michael Clayton (ankle), TE Alex Smith (ankle); Questionable — DE Patrick Chukwurah (shoulder), CB Brian Kelly (groin). Jaguars: Out — QB David Garrard (ankle), PK Josh Scobee (quadriceps); Questionable — DE Reggie Hayward (hamstring), DT Tony McDaniel (wrist), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee), DT Marcus Stroud (ankle), CB Brian Williams (hamstring); Probable — LB Daryl Smith (hip), TE George Wrightster (head).

Notes: I think there's a decent chance Chukwurah plays on Sunday. I'm not so sure about Kelly. As for the Jags, Williams did not practice on Friday, so I don't see him playing. Jones-Drew was limited, but I think he'll play.

Fully expect to see Drew, 9:42 a.m.

Maurice Jones-Drew practiced in a limited fashion for Jacksonville on Thursday, so I expect to see him on the field on Sunday. He may not be completely healthy, but the Jags feel this game is pretty important and want him out there. I don't think they want to lose two straight, especially with the prospect of Quinn Gray being their quarterback for a month.

Over at Bucsblitz, 9:40 a.m.

I've published my premium article on Jovan Haye. Find out why Haye has become such a nice addition to the Bucs defense, and why Larry Coyer likes him, too, in this article at

Thinking ahead to 2008, 9:38 a.m. draft guru Chris Steuber is already looking ahead to the 2008 NFL Draft (which has been tweaked, if you missed Thursday's blog entry). This article focuses on some of the top pass rushers that can be had beyond Round 1 — and lord knows the Bucs could use another pass rusher — and can be found via this link at

He's still adjusting, 9:36 a.m.

Everyone got a taste of which Michael Bennett could do on that 18-yard run against Detroit last Sunday. But how much more has he picked up since then? He talks in-depth about his adjustment to the playbook in this article at

Another stellar backfield, 9:34 a.m.

The Buccaneers defense is getting used to this — an opponent anchored by a great running back. Find out who the other backs have been so far this season and why Jacksonville's tandem of Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor are so dangerous, thanks to this article at

Gray prepping for Sunday, 9:32 a.m.

Quinn Gray's arm is getting sore — and it's not from throwing footballs. It's all the notes he's taking as he prepares to start Sunday for Jacksonville, according to Ira Kaufman in this article at.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Injury report, 10 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), CB Brian Kelly (groin). Jaguars: Out — QB David Garrard (ankle), PK Josh Scobee (quadriceps); Limited participation in practice — DE Reggie Hayward (hamstring), DT Tony McDaniel (wrist), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (knee), LB Daryl Smith (hip), DT Marcus Stroud (ankle), CB Brian Williams (hamstring), TE George Wrightster (head).

NFL Draft changes, 2:40 p.m.

In case you missed it, the NFL tweaked its procedure for the NFL Draft in an attempt to make it more friendly to viewers. Find out how by clicking here.

Jags sign QB, 10:28 a.m.

The Jaguars signed veteran Todd Bouman to back up Quinn Gray on Sunday. You might remember that the Bucs worked out Bouman last year after Chris Simms' season-ending injury. Bouman also started for the Saints in the season finale against Tampa Bay in 2005 and didn't play too well that day.

Catching up at, 10:24 a.m.

Here's a look at some of the stories up right now at

The first part of our "Behind Enemy Lines" preview for Sunday's game is up. In this edition's Charlie Bernstein answers my questions about the Jaguars. Click here to read this premium piece.

Want to know what Bucs running back Michael Bennett was thinking as he closed in on the end zone last Sunday in Detroit? Find out in our exclusive "Press Pass" feature. Click here to read this premium piece.

And Maurice Stovall is on the spot this week, as he'll be the No. 3 wide receiver behind Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard. See what he thinks of the opportunity by Clicking here to read this premium piece.

Looking for a good rivalry, 10:22 a.m.

Orlando Sentinel writer Alan Schmadtke makes a point in this article about the lack of a rivalry between Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. Being in different conferences, any feud that might develop between the two teams is limited to preseason and once-every-four-yearrs meetings. Find out what the Jaguars think in this article at

Return game woes,10:20 a.m.

With the loss of Mark Jones, the Buccaneers are going to have to get creative in the return game, according to this article at; The Bucs will likely distribute those return duties to two or three players, exposing more starters to possible injury, a risky move given the Bucs' injury woes of late.

More on Maurice,10:18 a.m.

I had my own feature on Maurice Stovall up at Wednesday afternoon. But here's Rick Stroud's take on the wide receiver's chance at a larger role, courtesy of

An onside strategy,10:16 a.m.

You probably saw the onside kick that bounced off the Lions like a pinball last week. Find out what kicker Matt Braynt was thinking when he kicked it in this article at

Wednesday, Oct. 24

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'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.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Clayton could be out a while, 5:05 p.m.

While there is no official word from the Buccaneers, 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 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 NFL expert Adam Caplan.

Bennett still learning, 10:31 a.m.

New running back Michael Bennett showed some encouraging stuff on Sunday at Detroit, but he admits he's still learning to put it all together, according to this article at

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

Monday, Oct. 15

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 — 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 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

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

Prepping for Gruden, 10:41 a.m.

Jon Gruden will be speaking shortly about the previous game and we'll be looking for injury updates on Mark Jones and Michael Clayton.

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