Buccaneers wide receiver Joey Galloway was held out of both of Monday's practices with a mild groin strain.
Galloway, 36, has not participated in Tampa Bay's first six training camp practices, including the team's first padded practice of camp on Monday morning, due to the injury.
Galloway has been seen jogging up and down the sidelines of the far practice field at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex during the last two morning sessions, and Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is hopeful that his offensive playmaker will return to action sometime soon.
"All flights are cancelled again today," Gruden said referring to Galloway. "If's been frustrating from the standpoint that we miss him. You're talking about [running back] Cadillac Williams, you're talking about
Luke Petitgout, our starting quarterback just got back last night and obviously Galloway – four key guys that we need on this football team. But hopefully he'll be back towards the end of the week."
Williams (knee) and Petitgout (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list. Gruden did not give a timetable on their return, but said both players were working hard in their rehab.
In related news, several players were held out of Tuesday afternoon's practice, including linebacker Derrick Brooks, cornerback Ronde Barber, defensive end Kevin Carter, running back Warrick Dunn and tight end Jerramy Stevens, as part of the team's plan to keep some of the veterans rested during camp.
BUCS PUT THE PADS ON Tampa Bay spent the first two days of its training camp practicing in shorts, jerseys and helmets, but that changed on Day 3 at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. when the Bucs sported full pads for their Monday morning session.
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden had mixed feelings in regards to how the team's first padded practice of the training camp went on Monday morning.
"Well, it was the first day of pads and we've got 25 new players," said Gruden. "I think everybody is somewhat measuring the tempo that we want and it'll be much better tomorrow morning. There were some good things early, physical things, but our red zone 7-on-7 was sloppy from an offensive standpoint. When you throw two interceptions, miss two open receivers and you drop two passes, that's going to make for a bad period. There were some good things. I think we've got to obviously pick it up on the second day tomorrow."
WELCOME BACK, GARCIA Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia was excused from training camp check-in day and the first two days of camp practices so he could attend the 35th-anniversary celebration of his father's junior college football team's championship in California, but he joined his teammates on the football field for Monday morning's padded workout.
"It's great to have [Jeff] back," Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said. "He looks good. He's a difference-maker for us and he's a tempo setter. We're glad he's back. I'm sure there will be a celebration, a wild one indeed, tonight, back at the hotel."
Bucs linebacker and team leader Derrick Brooks attempted to get the party started early on the practice field on Monday morning.
On the first play of an 11-on-11 red zone drill, Garcia lined up under center and called for the ball to come out from under center, but Brooks attempted to call a timeout, lean over the line of scrimmage and shake Garcia's hand, which disrupted the play and prompted both sides to line up again.
Brooks' next plan of attack for the following play was to have play stopped and his defensive teammates give Garcia a standing ovation and cheers for his return. He hoped to have that happen the second time both sides lined up, but it didn't go quite as planned.
"I think they were going to try to have a standing ovation for him, a little sarcasm from the defensive standpoint," said Gruden. "But Jeff used a quick count and we couldn't all quite get synchronized in terms of our celebration antics. It wasn't very good. It made it look like the coaches were disorganized, but really it was Brooks' celebration that was disorganized."
Garcia said later that it was important to him that his teammates were happy to have him back, and that the Brooks' thought definitely counted even though the 10-time Pro Bowler didn't execute that particular play to perfection like so many of the defensive plays he's made for the Bucs since 1995.
QUOTE OF THE DAY Bucs defensive tackle Chris Hovan on the importance of training camp:
"This is training camp and this is what we signed up for. This is what everybody is going through right now and this is what everybody that has played the game went through. It's a necessity for the regular season. If you don't like training camp or you're just trying to get by in it you're not going to be around long. You've got to come with the love and the passion every time you take that field in an attempt to get better. If you don't, there are teams like New York, San Francisco and New Orleans getting better everyday. We have to rise to the occasion. The [Super Bowl] is in our backyard this year. It would be a shame if we're sitting at home watching it on television while another team is playing in the Super Bowl in our own backyard."
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