The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a two-hour practice in shells (shorts, jerseys, helmets and shoulder pads) on Saturday morning in front of hundreds of fans at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Saturday was the traditional “Family Day” at Bucs training camp, where the players’ and coaches’ families come to camp to watch practice before having the afternoon and night off to spend with each other.

According to Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, “Family Day” came at the right time for the players and coaches.

“We’ve been here over a week,” Gruden said. “We’ve had about seven or eight straight days of pads. We’ve pushed these guys hard. We’ve met with them until 10 o’clock every night. I think it’s time for them to get a night off and see someone they love and keep things in perspective. We’ll resume training camp tomorrow morning and we expect these guys to be ready to roll.

“The coaches [have time off], too. You get a chance to maybe have dinner with your family and have a meal with somebody else. See some different faces, you know what I mean? You can only see so much of [quarterback] Bruce Gradkowski in a week. This is just to break the grind a little bit. Hopefully guys get mentally rejuvenated and we all come back ready to roll.”

Bucs Sign CB Ellick
The Buccaneers made two roster moves Saturday, signing cornerback Dwight Ellick and releasing CB Reuben Houston.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ellick, who originally signed with Tampa Bay back in January, was released before the start of training camp as the Bucs signed their 2006 draft picks.

The Bucs signed Houston as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech in May.

Injury Update
Tampa Bay rookie defensive end Charles Bennett (hamstring), running back Derek Watson (neck), tight end Alex Smith (hamstring) and tackles Torrin Tucker (leg) and Kenyatta Walker missed Saturday’s practice.

Running back Michael Pittman was not on the field for Saturday morning’s and spent the morning in a doctor’s office due to pain he was experiencing from getting a wisdom tooth pulled earlier in the week.

Bucs free safety Will Allen has underwent a surgical procedure to help repair a broken thumb he sustained in practice earlier this week. According to Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, Allen already is on the mend.

“He’ll get his cast off in a day or so and we’ll fit him with something that will allow him to practice and he’ll be back soon,” Gruden said of Allen.

Bucs Close Sunday Afternoon Practice
Tampa Bay will hold a two-hour practice in shells on Sunday morning at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, but its second workout, which will be held that afternoon, has been moved and is not open to the public or the media.

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden plans to have his players conduct a walk-through in a private location.

“We’re going to try to get them out of this heat tomorrow afternoon – we think that would be wise since we’ve had players getting a number of IV’s and things of that nature,” said Gruden. “We have ourselves set up for an in-door practice. We’ll be able to implement some noise and help get some legs back, and the guys that aren’t able to fully go will be able to take snaps in that type of setting.”


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