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June 15, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
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Griese's Status Unknown

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Tampa Bay could be without a few players for its mandatory mini-camp, which begins Tuesday. That includes quarterback Brian Griese and center Jeff Faine. Griese has not participated in any OTAs and could be released or traded before training camp. Faine is feeling under the weather.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will kick off their three-day mandatory mini-camp at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday.

There are question marks surrounding a number of players in terms of their respective statuses for the mini-camp, but whether or not they show up for the mandatory workouts is a question that won't be answered until tomorrow.

That includes quarterback Brian Griese, who has not participated in any organized team activities this offseason. He has been in Denver with his pregnant wife and is not believed to be part of Tampa Bay's future plans at quarterback, where the Bucs have four other signal callers - Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, Josh Johnson and Josh Freeman.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik recently suggested to Pewter Report that Griese, 34, could wind up playing for Tampa Bay at some point should one of the other quarterbacks suffer an injury during the mandatory mini-camp.

"Brian Griese is obviously under contract with us," Dominik said. "Everything we do is strictly voluntary, so it's his decision that he didn't want to participate. But at the same point, I don't take the quarterback position lightly. I was here when Luke McCown went down in OTAs with an ACL tear a few years ago. Until it's a necessity, we won't make a decision yet on which four go to camp with us."

Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said that he wished to keep conversations between he and Griese private, and Ralph Cindrich, who serves as Griese's agent, told Pewter Report he was not sure what the future held for Griese in Tampa Bay.

Starting center Jeff Faine would like to participate in the team's mandatory mini-camp, but an illness could prevent him from doing that.

Faine indicated on his Twitter page that he was "sick, sick sick" on Tuesday evening. On Saturday, Faine posted a note on Twitter that suggested he was feeling ill as he was getting ready to head to Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium.

As reported earlier on PewterReport.com, the Bucs could also be without linebacker Barrett Ruud, left guard Arron Sears, linebacker Matt McCoy and running back Cadillac Williams.

Ruud is in a contract dispute with the team and has missed most OTAs this offseason. Sears is believed to be suffering from some mental issues and the team has expressed concern about him. McCoy injured his calf last Wednesday and is not expected to be able to go this week. Williams still is recovering from his second torn patellar tendon in as many seasons.

Tampa Bay's three-day mini-camp, which includes a team building outing at an undisclosed location Thursday, is open to the media but closed to the public.

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