The extent of wide receiver Joey Galloway's foot injury isn't known, or at least not publicly, but the 14th-year player revealed on Thursday that he was unable to walk on his foot on Monday following Tampa Bay's 24-9 win over Atlanta.
"I'm walking now, which is definitely progress from where I was on Monday," said Galloway. "We were trying to keep weight off of it, so keeping a boot on it wouldn't accomplish that. I am walking now, and I wasn't on Monday, so we're definitely making progress.
"We're going to have to wait, let it quiet down a little bit and then begin the rehab process."
Galloway, 36, missed all of training camp and the preseason with a groin injury. He also missed two regular season games and most of Tampa Bay's playoff contest vs. the New York Giants due to a shoulder ailment.
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound Galloway's latest injury occurred during Sunday's game as running back Warrick Dunn was tackled. Galloway's foot was planted in the ground when another player rolled up on it, which caused the injury. He did not return to the game.
His absence could be a huge loss for Tampa Bay's offense, evidenced by the fact that Galloway, who is considered the team's speed threat, has caught 202 passes and 23 touchdowns over the past three seasons.
However, Galloway is confident in Tampa Bay's stable of wide receivers, which includes Antonio Bryant, Michael Clayton, Ike Hilliard, Maurice Stovall and rookie Dexter Jackson.
"I've always said that I believe this group is as deep of a group that I've ever been around and can do as many things as any receiver group I've been around," said Galloway. "I expect these guys to play well. I don't think we'll lose anything with me not being in there. Whoever plays in my position will be just fine."
Bryant likely will start in Galloway's place at the X (split-end) position while Clayton will start at the Z (flanker) spot.
That's the way the Bucs have spent the past two days preparing. Galloway was held out of workouts on Wednesday and Thursday due to his foot injury.
"I'll leave that up to Coach Gruden. Standard answer," Galloway said when asked if he would be able to play vs. the Bears.
In other injury news, Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) practiced on Thursday after being held out of Wednesday's workout. Rookie cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) and guard Davin Joseph (foot) were held out of Thursday's workout.