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The Buccaneers took the field for an afternoon practice at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday.

Each NFL team has to reduce their roster from 80 to 75 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Bucs did not make any roster moves before that deadline and practiced as a team in the early part of the afternoon.

"We'll announce our roster reduction here in a few hours," said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. "We have a general idea. We'll obviously meet after practice and make our final decision and make sure we're all together on that."

However, several players were held out of the practice due to injuries that could keep them out of Tampa Bay's preseason finale in Houston on Thursday night.

Joey Galloway, who missed all of training camp with a groin injury, practiced for the second straight day and appears to be ready to go.

"He looks great," said Gruden. "He's working his way back into it. He hasn't been resting. He's been injured. We're happy to have him back."

But three other receivers – Antonio Bryant (knee), Michael Clayton (chest muscle) and Chad Lucas (knee) – did not practice on Tuesday due to their respective ailments.

Tight end Ben Troupe still is sidelined with a foot injury. He played against Jacksonville, but it's unclear whether Troupe will suit up vs. Houston.

Cornerbacks Marcus Hamilton (hip) and Sammy Davis (hip) were held out of practice as well.

Safety Donte Nicholson is scheduled to undergo knee surgery this week and will not play vs. the Texans.

Fullback B.J. Askew is recovering from ankle surgery. He will not play in Houston, but Askew is scheduled to return to practice on Monday, which is when the Bucs will begin preparing for their Week 1 opponent – the New Orleans Saints.

Gruden reiterated what he said after Monday's practice regarding players' playing time in the preseason finale. The Bucs are expected to make those announcements and decisions on players, including quarterback Jeff Garcia, once they've arrived at Reliant Stadium for Thursday night's game.

"We'll announce all of that when we get to Houston," said Gruden. "It's been a short week. We used a big part of these two days to get Jeff Garcia a lot of work. He needs it. We'll make that determination when we get to Houston."

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