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Bucs coach Jon Gruden is sticking with rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski – for now.

Unless he continues to throw interceptions like he did against Pittsburgh (three interceptions) Gradkowski will remain under center.

“We obviously looked at the film all morning,” Gruden said. “I don’t foresee a QB change.”

Gradkowski has struggled since making his NFL starting debut against New Orleans after the Bucs bye week. Gruden has gone out of his way to not be too critical of the rookie quarterback.

More from Gruden’s news conference:

MRI FOR CLAYTON: Starting wide receiver Michael Clayton is undergoing an MRI this morning to determine the extent of the knee injury he suffered against Pittsburgh.

Clayton’s season has been marred by dropped passes and ineffective play. He’s become an afterthought in a struggling offense.

Last season, Clayton followed up a brilliant rookie campaign with an inconsistent, injury riddled performance. He signed a contract with Coach Jon Gruden in the offseason promising to workout harder.

The results of Clayton’s recommitment to the game have not been evident this season.

NO FUMBLING PROBLEM: Starting running back Cadillac Williams doesn’t have a problem carrying the ball, Gruden said.

The cause of Williams’ fumbles is not in the manner in which he holds the ball. He had two fumbles in yesterday’s loss to the Steelers.

“The fumbles that he has come when he’s fighting for extra yards,” Gruden said.

‘THIS IS LOW’: Gruden experienced the highest of highs when the Bucs won the Super Bowl in 2003. Right now, with his team 3-9, he’s experiencing a whole different realm of emotions.

Gruden said he struggles with his thoughts when he’s driving home after a day at the office.

“This is low. This is low,” Gruden said. “This is also a tremendous challenge I am excited about.”



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