Tampa Bay weakside linebacker Derrick Brooks returned to practice Monday.
Brooks, a seven-time Pro Bowler, had been sidelined since Aug. 10 after spraining his left knee during a training camp practice.
“Derrick Brooks had his first day back, really, with the team,” said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. “He looked like the Derrick Brooks that I know. Hopefully by the end of the week he’s ready to roll.”
While they’re happy to have him back in practice, the Bucs will not decide if Brooks will play on Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins until later in the week.
“We’ll see if he can put together two or three back-to-back days,” said Gruden. “That’s important, and if he’s ready to go he’ll play, but if not, we’ll hold him until the following week.”
While Brooks returned to practice, several of his teammates remained sidelined with injuries of their own. That list included tackle Derrick Deese (foot) and wide receiver Charles Lee (hamstring), both of whom have not played in Tampa Bay’s first two preseason games and probably won’t play against the Dolphins.
Linebacker Jeff Gooch (shin split) and guard Matt Stinchcomb (calf) were limited in practice for the second consecutive day, and running back Charlie Garner (groin) practiced in a limited fashion Monday. Wide receiver Joey Galloway missed Monday’s workout with a sore groin.
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