Simms released from hospital
Chris Simms was released from St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Tampa on Saturday, six days after the Bucs quarterback had emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
Simmsâ€™ spleen was ruptured during a Sept. 24 loss to the Panthers.
Team officials, including coach Jon Gruden, suggested Simmsâ€™ spleen ruptured in the fourth quarter on a hit by Carolina defensive tackle Al Wallace. The league fined Wallace $7,500 for using his body to drive Simms into the ground.
ESPNâ€™s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Simms believes the injury occurred in the first quarter and that doctors pumped three pints of blood from Simmsâ€™ stomach due to internal bleeding.
The Bucs likely will make a decision this week to put Simms, 26, on injured reserve, which would end his season, or keep him on the 53-man active roster in hopes of a late-season return. Recovery is expected to take at least six weeks.
Rookie Bruce Gradkowski will start Sunday at New Orleans.http://blogs.tampabay.com/bucs/