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March 31, 2009 @ 6:39 am
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Griese, Others Missing From Voluntary Mini-Camp

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The Buccaneers kicked off their three-day voluntary mini-camp at One Buc Place on Tuesday morning. Four players – QB Brian Griese, RBs Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams, and T Donald Penn – were not participating in the morning workout.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their first mini-camp practice under new head coach Raheem Morris at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday morning.

While the player participation was near 100 percent, four players were missing from the voluntary workout.

Bucs quarterback Brian Griese, running backs Earnest Graham and Cadillac Williams, and tackle Donald Penn were not present for Tampa Bay’s first two-a-day practice on Tuesday.

According to the Bucs, Griese is not at Tampa Bay's voluntary mini-camp because his wife Brook is eight months pregnant, and he is with her in Denver. Griese is competing with Luke McCown and Josh Johnson for Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback position under new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

Graham (ankle) and Williams (knee) are still recovering from their respective injuries, which were sustained during the 2008 regular season and required surgery and rehab. Graham also has a family situation to tend to this week, according to the team. Graham and Williams are competing with newcomer Derrick Ward, who was on the practice field on Tuesday.

Penn, who is Tampa Bay’s starting left tackle, is a restricted free agent. The Bucs tendered Penn a contract that will force another team to surrender a first- and third-round draft pick if the Bucs decide not to match that team’s long-term contract offer to Penn.

The 25-year-old tackle has started 25 of the 32 games he’s played in since joining Tampa Bay as a free agent during the 2006 season. Penn has yet to sign his one-year tender worth $2.792 million from the Bucs, which means he’s technically not on Tampa Bay’s roster.

PewterReport.com will have more news from Bucs mini-camp throughout the day.

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