Thursday, Nov. 1
Gruden's transcript up, 5:38 p.m.
Jon Gruden did not sound optimistic about his injured players, saying the statuses of Greg Spires, Michael Clayton and Michael Pittman had not changed. To reach Gruden's entire Thursday press conference, click here to access this exclusive feature.
Injury report, 5:18 p.m.
Here is the complete injury report for Wednesday — Bucs: Did not practice — LB Quincy Black (hamstring), DE Greg Spires (calf); Limited participation in practice — DE Patrick Chukwurah (shoulder), WR Michael Clayton (ankle), WR Ike Hilliard (calf), CB Brian Kelly (groin), RB Michael Pittman (ankle), TE Alex Smith (ankle). Cardinals: Limited participation in practice — LB Carlos Dansby (knee), T Mike Gandy (calf); Full participation in practice — FS Aaron Francisco (knee), QB Kurt Warner (left elbow).
Sprulock called up, 2:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay signed Michael Spurlock from the practice squad to fill out the 53-man roster. With the numerous injuries for the Bucs, I think he'll be active. I'd be stunned, however, if he played anything more than special teams.
What about Williams?, 10:01 a.m.
That seemed to be Jon Gruden's reaction to the news that Oakland wide receiver Mike Williams had been placed on waivers. You might remember Williams as the player the Buccaneers were considering taking fifth overall instead of Carnell Williams in 2005. So, at least we know the Bucs made the right choice. But Williams is also a Tampa boy, which automatically leads to speculation, especially since the Bucs still have an open roster spot.
"I don't really have any comment right now," Gruden said. "I have interest in the guys in our building. I'll let the personnel people answer that. I have an interest right now in getting Chas (Gessner) up to speed and getting some of these guys that haven't played back."
Bluntly, kick returner is a higher priority, and there are two out there that could help if the Bucs are willing to sign them. I reported those two players on Tuesday, but there's no word yet on whether they're coming to Tampa Bay or not.
Bye week nears for Bucs, 9:58 a.m.
St. Pete Times writer Rick Stroud and I took similar approaches this morning. Stroud's article focuses on the Bucs wearily gearing up for one more game before the bye week. Read more at tampabay.com. I took the approach that the Chas Gessner signing is a symptom of a larger problem that has contributed to this 1-3 malaise — the use of lesser talent to replace the Buccaneers' better players. Read more at Bucsblitz.com.
Do you like your barbecue, 9:55 a.m.
If you like your barbecue in Tampa Bay, you likely hit Lee Roy Selmon's barbecue joint every once in a while (Lord knows I do). Well, Selmon's barbecue chain is about to go statewide, according to this article at heraldtribune.com.
Score some points,9:50 a.m.
The title of Gary Shelton's column in the St. Petersburg Times this morning says it all — ‘Isn't up the best way to run a score?' Perfect. The Bucs could take that advice. Read more at Tampabay.com;
Secondary preparation,9:48 a.m.
The Tampa Bay secondary has played well all season. But they'll face a stiff test this weekend when Arizona comes to town. They'll have to defend both Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Find out more in this article at TBO.com.
Wall-to-wall coverage of Gaines,9:46 a.m.
Seems everyone is writing about Gaines Adams today. Get Roy Cummings' take on Adams in this article at TBO.com. Monte Kiffin told the St. Petersburg Times that while Adams has had two good weeks of practice, he still needs to see it on the field, according to this article at Tampabay.com. And, here's my take on Adams, a story that you could have found more than 12 hours before both TBO.com and Tampabay.com at Bucsblitz.com.