Although starting tailback Charlie Garner (groin) will play against the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay is a bit banged up at the running back position heading into Saturday night’s preseason game.
Backup RBs Brandon Bennett (strained quadricep) and Earnest Graham (migraine headaches) could be limited or even kept out of Saturday’s game due to their injuries. Needless to say, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is frustrated by his offensive backfield’s inability to stay healthy.
“He’s got to get healthy,” Gruden said of Bennett. “Our running backs, we’ve had a lot of injuries the last three or four days. He knows he’s got to get right. Jamel White has had some nagging injuries throughout training camp; we expect him to play. Charlie’s obviously had his share of nagging injuries. Earnest Graham’s had some migraine headaches the last couple days. So it’s going to be interesting to see who’s actually up and ready to go Saturday night. Whoever is will play, and if we need [Michael] Pittman to go wire-to-wire, he’ll go wire-to-wire.”
Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway (groin), who has been held out of practice this week, will not play against the Dolphins. Starting left tackle Derrick Deese (foot) and middle linebacker Shelton Quarles (wrist) will also miss Saturday night’s game.
Wide receiver Charles Lee (hamstring) and guard Jeb Terry (elbow) could be held out of Tampa Bay’s preseason game vs. Miami.
Guard Matt Stinchcomb, who had been sidelined for the first two preseason games with a calf injury, will likely start at left guard while Cosey Coleman moves over right guard on Saturday night. Second-year tackle Anthony Davis will start at left tackle in place of Deese.
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