Tampa Bay quarterback Brian Griese underwent successful surgery in Miami on Friday to repair the torn ligaments in his knee. He’s expected to take approximately six months to recover.
While he won’t accompany Tampa Bay to San Francisco this weekend, Griese, who was placed on injured reserve last week, is expected to re-join the team on Monday.
“Yes, he had his surgery and we’re excited to say it went great,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said. “He won’t accompany us to California but he’ll be back in the building on Monday. My understanding was that Dr. [John] Zvijac’s performance was tremendous once again. For all those people out there who are ever interested in a surgeon, this guy’s phenomenal. His background, his expertise, his history speaks for itself. We’re excited about it.”
In other news, the Bucs held linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive end Simeon Rice out of practice on Friday due to soreness in their legs.
“It’s nothing serious, we just wanted to give them a day off their legs,” Gruden said of Brooks and Rice. “They’ve just got some sore lower legs, but we’ll add them to the injury report as probable. No update other than that.”
Bucs rookie running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams practiced Friday for the third straight day, but he’s still listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the 49ers on the team’s injury report. The Bucs are expected to make a decision on whether to play Williams once they’ve arrived in San Francisco on Saturday.
“I thought he looked good,” Gruden said of Williams. “He’s still questionable. We’ll sleep on it and see how we feel when we get to San Francisco, but we’re optimistic with what we saw.”
Safety Jermaine Phillips (thumb) practiced and is still probable for the game.
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