Buccaneers Blog: Garcia ready to go

Buccaneers Blog is Bucsblitz.com's source for breaking news, injury updates, story links and opinion. Today you can link to stories on Greg White's surge, Jeff Garcia's readiness for Sunday and much more. Also, find out the injury status of several Bucs entering the game.

Injury update, 6:50 p.m.

Here is the injury report for Thursday.

BUCCANEERS: Questionable — FB B.J. Askew (ankle), LB Ryan Nece (groin), RB Michael Pittman (ankle), DE Greg Spires (calf); Probable — QB Jeff Garcia (back), WR Ike Hilliard (back). FALCONS: Questionable — G Tyson Clabo (ankle), WR Roddy White (knee); Probable — CB Antoine Harris (knee).

Checking in on player status, 2:32 p.m.

It sounds like Ike Hilliard is going to play on Sunday, as the Bucs will list him as probable on the final injury report of the week. Probable means the player has about a 75 percent chance of playing in the upcoming game.

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden sounded optimistic.

"He's shown some steady improvement," Gruden said. "We're encouraged by that."

Meanwhile, the status of DE Greg Spires is a bit more murky. Gruden said that would be a game-time decision. It also sounds like FB B.J. Askew will be questionable.

The complete injury report will be out later today.

At Bucsblitz.com, 10 a.m.

Today you can read about Greg White, the defensive end who is having a breakout season for the Buccaneers in 2007. What is making this run of sacks and forced fumbles so special? White has found his groove on the field and in the conditioning room. Find out why the Bucs are so impressed with him in this premium feature.

Today is the last day of workouts before the Atlanta game. Jeff Garcia sounds like a go for Sunday. But I'm wondering about FB B.J. Askew and RB Michael Pittman. We'll see how the pair practice today. That could give us an indication of their availability.

More speculation in Atlanta, 9:53 a.m.

Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune wonders if the three-year funk the Falcons have endured could cost general manager Rich McKay his job. Owner Arthur Blank sounds loyal to McKay, but the next hiring could compromise McKay's authority, Kaufman writes in this article you can link to at TBO.com.

He's ready, 9:51 a.m.

QB Jeff Garcia declared himself ready for Sunday after taking all the reps in practice on Thursday.

Now, will there be some rust after three weeks of inactivity? Read what Garcia thinks in this link to Tampabay.com.

Caddy talks, briefly, 9:49 a.m.

You know Carnell Williams is back in Tampa, rehabbing his injured knee. Well, he talked to the St. Pete Times on Thursday, albeit briefly. His knee brace is now off. Read more in this link to Tampabay.com.

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