Injury Update
Tampa Bay running back Derek Watson had to be carted off the practice field Thursday morning after he sustained a neck injury in practice. Watson underwent further evaluation during the break in-between practices and suggested the injury was minor in nature.

Watson, who was in attendance for the special teams practice on Thursday afternoon, said he is listed as day-to-day.

“I’m just a little sore right now, but it’s nothing that can’t be ironed out,” said Watson. “I just have a couple of little kinks to get worked out.”

Bucs safety Will Allen underwent surgery on his hand to repair an injury he sustained in practice. Like Watson, Allen is listed day-to-day with the injury that is considered minor. Kalvin Pearson is Allen’s backup at the free safety position.

In other news, Bucs wide receiver Joey Galloway, cornerback Brian Kelly tackle Kenyatta Walker and defensive end Greg Spires were held out of the morning practice in an effort to keep the players fresh and healthy.

Tempers Flare In Practice
Things got heated during the special teams portion of Tampa Bay’s morning practice on Thursday when safety Blue Adams and rookie tackle Jeremy Trueblood were involved in a skirmish at midfield on a kickoff drill.

Linebacker Jermaine Taylor worked to separate the two players, and luckily cooler heads prevailed in hot and humid Lake Buena Vista, Fla. as both players went their separate ways.

The Bucs dedicated their afternoon practice to special teams, and worked almost exclusively on onside kickoffs.

Gessner Impressing At Camp
If you’ve been reading the Pewter Insider reports filed on PewterReport.com, you already know about Bucs first-year wide receiver Chas Gessner and how he’s been impressing at training camp.

One week into training camp, others are starting to take notice of how well Gessner has been performing in camp thus far.

When asked about Gessner after Thursday morning’s practice, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden shared his thoughts on the 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver from Brown.

“Hey, man, how about that guy?” Gruden said. “I call him the ‘Golden Goose.’ He hates that name, but Chas has made a lot of plays. We’re going to see a lot of him in the preseason. He’s slowly but surely become a guy who’s made plays at the split end, the flanker position, inside the slot. He’s doing well on special teams. I’m really proud of him, the work he’s put in is unbelievable. We don’t have a guy who’s in better shape than him. We’ve got a lot of guys in great shape, but this guy’s a freak that way.”

Quote of the Day
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on his team’s fieldtrip to the movie theatre to see “Invincible” on Wednesday afternoon:

“I didn’t see the movie. I didn’t get to stick around, but I didn’t have anybody beating me up last night. They seemed to like it, so congratulations to the producers of “Invincible.” It got good reviews from our guys.”


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