Put it in Garcia's hands, 10:16 a.m.
Earlier this week I told ESPN Radio's Scot Brantley that the Bucs had to have a productive running game this week to win. Now, I'm changing my mind to say that the'll need a big game from Jeff Garcia to win.
Why? Three factors. First, RB Michael Pittman appears all but out after re-aggravating his ankle injury. Second, Bucs FB B.J. Askew is definitely questionable, and a rookie — Byron Storer — would take his place if he can't go. Third, Redskins safety Sean Taylor has missed practice this week and is a crucial element of the Redskins' secondary.
All of that, to me, adds up to a big day for Garcia, partly out of necessity and partly out of what could be a favorable matchup if Taylor can't patrol the middle.
At Bucsblitz.com, 10:13 a.m.
DE Gaines Adams seems to have taken to a starting role, and I explore his progress in his first two starts in this premium article. Additionally, the first part of our "Behind Enemy Lines" series is up, with warpathillustrated.com's John Keim answering my questions about the Redskins.
Today keep an eye out for my premium Q&A with former Bucs receiver and current Redskin Keenan McCardell. He has some interesting things to say about his holdout during his Tampa Bay days. It's one of my best Q&A's of the year. Plus we'll have the final injury update in the afternoon.
Bolden playing for a title, 10:11 a.m.
Where, you ask? The Canadian Football League. Juran Bolden, the former Bucs nickel cornerback, is with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are preparing for the Grey Cup this weekend. This article outlines his journey back to the CFL. Read more at Theglobeandmail.com.
Askew's status concerning, 10:08 a.m.
RB Michael Pittman is all but out for Sunday's game. But of bigger concern is FB B.J. Askew, who has an ankle injury and didn't practice on Thursday. Jon Gruden has a contingency plan if Askew can't be Earnest Graham's lead blocker on Sunday — but that plan involves either a rookie fullback or a tight end. Read more at TBO.com.
Gruden was right, other important info, 10:04 a.m.
Jon Gruden found out Thursday that he was right about that replay review in the second quarter — the Bucs should have had the football after Cato June fumbled it. The NFL basically said it's on the official to review the entire play.
Also, these are the days when I wish I could clone myself. RB Michael Pittman has severe swelling around his ankle and will probably be out a few weeks, though not for the season as I've see some outlets report. And, WR Michael Clayton is unhappy he was only used on special teams last week. Here's more at Tampabay.com.
Alstott hinting at decision, 10:01 a.m.
Mike Alstott spent part of his Thanksgiving delivering food to needy families. But he also told St. Pete Times NFL writer Joanne Korth that a decision on his future is coming "very soon." Read more about what Alstott's doing in this article at Tampabay.com. As sad as this may sound, the play of B.J. Askew has made a potential decision by the Bucs on re-signing Alstott after the season a heck of a lot easier.