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June 17, 2006 @ 5:01 am
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McCown Hurts Knee At OTAs

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Scott Reynolds

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PewterReport.com has learned that Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Luke McCown suffered what appeared to be a minor knee injury during Wednesday's OTA (organized team activity) session, although the severity of the injury cannot be confirmed at this time. McCown's status for the upcoming, three-day mandatory mini-camp is unknown.

According to multiple sources, Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Luke McCown suffered a knee injury during Wednesday's OTA (organized team activity) drills and was held out of Thursday's OTA session.

Full details are not known at this point, but McCown was not touched during the play in which he hurt his knee. He was simply running, made a cut and went down. The sources PewterReport.com contacted did not even know exactly which knee McCown hurt as he was able to walk off the field under his own power after the injury, and did not think the injury was too severe.

PewterReport.com reporters witnessed McCown walking without the aid of crutches after Thursday's OTA practice and did not know of the injury he had suffered on Wednesday at that time. His status for next week's three-day mandatory mini-camp is unknown at this time.

If McCown's injury winds up being more severe than the sources PewterReport.com had contacted originally thought, that would be disastrous news for the Buccaneers, who are already young and inexperienced at the quarterback position with starter Chris Simms having only 12 NFL starts on his resume` and third-string quarterback Tim Rattay only having 16 career starts. The Bucs also added rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Early reports from offseason workouts spoke of McCown looking much more comfortable in Jon Gruden's offense, and some sources told PewterReport.com that McCown was the favorite to hang on to the number two quarterback position behind Simms heading into training camp.

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