The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look as if they might enjoy the return of wide receiver Joey Galloway for Sunday night's home contest against Seattle. Galloway practiced on Friday, and could return to the lineup for the first time since Week 2 of the season. Galloway has missed the last four games with an injured foot. Tampa Bay has gone 3-1 in that stretch. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden commented on his star receiver after Friday's practice.
"He's getting better. We'll make the decision on Sunday," said Gruden. "He did a little bit more today.
"He's not had many practices since last November. We'll look at the film and see how he feels. We're very optimistic, he does look like he's getting better."
In last Sunday's 27-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers, starting left guard Arron Sears left the game with an injured knee in the first half. Replacing him in the lineup was rookie backup Jeremy Zuttah. Gruden's tone was optimistic when asked about Sears potential to play against the Seahawks.
"He's getting better too," said Gruden. "He practiced today. He'll have a chance to play. Hopefully between today and tomorrow and all day on Sunday he can get recovered enough to play. If he can't we will go with Zuttah."
In speaking with Sears he felt pretty optimistic that he would play.
"It is looking good, it has been three or four days," said Sears. "I was able to practice today."
Sears said the final call on playing would be out of his hands.
"It is going to be a coaches and training staff decision on Sunday," Sears said. "I'm just going to go out there and give it all that I got. It is coaches decision primarily."
COOK READY TO PLAY FOR TAMPA BAY With starting fullback B.J. Askew still out nursing a torn hamstring, and backup fullback Byron Storer out for the season with a torn knee ligament, Tampa Bay signed former Buc fullback Jameel Cook to the team. Cook believes he is ready to play right away for the Bucs.
"Yeah, I'm real comfortable," said Cook. "The coaching staff, coach [Richard] Bisaccia and [Tim] Berbenich, they have been helping me. I've been staying after and studying real hard. There is a lot of stuff that I know, and a couple of things that I didn't."
The Buccaneers drafted Cook in 2001. He was a member of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII team. He played for Tampa Bay from 2001-05. He has caught 15 career carries for 43 yards and 81 career receptions for 486 yards and three touchdowns. Cook believes he is ready to take on a big workload against Seattle, but has not been told if he will be called on to play a lot.
"No they haven't told me anything," said Cook. "But I'm ready. I hope . I want to play as much as possible. I want them to have to drag me off the field. I want to play. I'm happy to be here. I'm honored to be here, and I just want to contribute."
Storer injured his knee on special teams, and Askew also was active on special teams when he was playing. Cook was a key special teams contributor during his first stint in Tampa Bay, and looks to continue that in his second stint with the Bucs. Filling in for Storer for the remainder of the contest against Carolina was Buccaneers starting running back Earnest Graham. Depending on how much Cook is relied on to be the Bucs lead blocker, Graham can go back to his normal halfback position. OFFICIAL INJURY REPORT The Buccaneers released the official injury report for the game against Seattle on Sunday Night. Askew and wide receiver Maurice Stovall (hamstring) have been ruled out. The players listed as questionable were Sears, Galloway, and quarterback Brian Griese (right elbow). Kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), linebacker Barrett Ruud (knee), linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring), and wide receiver Antonio Bryant (foot) are all listed as probable.