Tampa Bay held several players out of Wednesday's practice at One Buccaneer Place as the Bucs prepare to take on the Denver Broncos.
Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli, who sustained an elbow injury vs. the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, was held out of Wednesday's workout.
"Sabby Piscitelli has a sore elbow," said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. "He did not practice. His status for the game is still up in the air."
In addition to Piscitelli, Bucs fullback B.J. Askew (torn hamstring) and wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot) were held out of practice. Running back Warrick Dunn was also held out of the workout, but as a team decision to rest him.
Bucs defensive tackle Ryan Sims (groin) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring) were limited on Wednesday. Bucs quarterback Brian Griese was also listed as receiving a "limited" amount of work in practice, but that was a team decision and not injury related. Jeff Garcia and Luke McCown received extra work with Griese being limited.
Tampa Bay guard Davin Joseph, who practiced last Wednesday for this first time this season since suffering a broken foot in preseason, participated in today's workout. He was also limited. However, his status, according to Gruden, is "up in the air."
Should Joseph not be able to play vs. the Broncos, Bucs rookie Jeremy Zuttah will make his fifth career start at right guard.
Kiffin Proud Of Son
Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was asked about his son Lane's dismissal from the Oakland Raiders organization on Wednesday.
Monte Kiffin's comments certainly weren't as detailed as the ones Raiders owner Al Davis had for Lane during a press conference on Wednesday, which is when he fired Lane Kiffin and accused him of lying and being insubordinate.
"It was a long day. I really don't want to go there with all due respect to you guys," said Monte Kiffin. "I am [proud of Lane]. As I say, you take the high road, and that is all that you can do."
During his press conference, Davis disclosed that Monte Kiffin expressed interest in joining the Raiders coaching staff during the offseason, but that he could not take a job with Oakland due to the fact that he was under contract with Tampa Bay.
"I'm not even going to comment on that. Let's talk about the Denver Broncos," said Kiffin. "I'm not going anywhere with it. Yesterday was yesterday, today is today. Let's move on."
Kiffin is focused on Tampa Bay's next opponent, the Denver Broncos, who have the No. 1-ranked offense in the NFL.
"We have a big one," Kiffin said of Sunday's game in Denver. "These guys are good, like I told the defense this morning. We're sitting there evaluating and I said, ‘Wow, guess what? We got the number one offense in the NFL,' and we do. They are number one. The Packers I think were seventh last week. We are hitting some quarterbacks and some high-powered offenses. You know [head coach Mike] Shanahan and he's the best now. They've got it going now. This guy he's got (quarterback Jay Cutler), he reminds me of [John] Elway. You watch him and you see him on tape — he throws hard just like Elway. I'm not saying he's John Elway. He's not right now, but he has a chance."
Quote Of The Day
Bucs head coach Jon Gruden on running the no-huddle offense.
"The referees wind the clock so fast now anyways, everybody says our system is so wordy and verbal – we don't have time to get out of the huddle anymore. Usually when we have a longwinded play we just abbreviate it and send them to the line. We just try to speed the game up a little bit and try to get the guys going. I think our offense responds to a quick tempo and an up-tempo style. Sometimes we're in it for a while and sometimes we're not at all. I like it, and I think our players like it. Whatever our players like, usually we go with it."