The Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced Thursday for the second consecutive day. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden was pleased to report that he had near 100 percent participation in Thursday’s practice.

“Just about everybody returned to practice, although most of those guys we talked about yesterday are still limited,” said Gruden.

Quarterback Chris Simms took a significant amount of the snaps while Brian Griese was limited due to a hip injury.

“He’s still a little bit sore but I think he’ll be okay,” Gruden said of Griese. “He’s been up and down physically, but he’s a tough guy. He’ll find a way. In a lot of ways it’s been great for Chris Simms to get a lot of work.”

Wide receiver Joey Galloway, who is nursing a sprained ankle and sore groin, is probable and should play against Atlanta on Sunday.

“He practiced today,” Gruden said of Galloway. “He returned and we’re optimistic he’ll be ready to go. Although I’m sure it won’t be 100 percent, hopefully it’s close to that.”

Safety Jermaine Phillips, however, did not practice. He is still sidelined with a fractured forearm.

PewterReport.com will have a complete Bucs-Falcons injury report on Friday evening.

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