Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden spoke with the media after Thursday's practice. There has been a lot of talk about the Bucs quarterback situation as starter Brian Griese has thrown six interceptions in the past two games. There have been reports saying all of the top three quarterbacks will first team reps in practice this week, and that former starter Jeff Garcia would be elevated to the backup spot behind Griese.
"It was the same. We don't have any quarterback controversy. Griese took all the reps," said Gruden. "Jeff took a little bit. Luke [McCown] took his turn, but Griese is the starter."
Gruden answered if Garcia would be Griese's backup on Sunday.
"I don't know that," said Gruden. "We'll make that decision when we get to the stadium.
"We don't have any quarterback controversy at all. Jeff is getting well and we are excited about that."
Gruden did not have an update to the status of his injured players after Thursday's practice. Safety Sabby Piscitelli (elbow), wide receiver Joey Galloway, and fullback B.J. Askew all missed practice for the Bucs. Askew will be out on Sunday with his torn hamstring that will probably keep him out until late in October. After discussing some injured players, Gruden addressed the potential moves at quarterback.
"I don't have any updates," said Gruden. "We held out Aqib Talib with illness. He'll be okay I think."
Last week, guard Davin Joseph returned to practice on Wednesday but was unable to practice on Thursday and then missed the game against the Packers. Joseph broke his foot in the second preseason game, and has missed the first month of the season up to this point. Joseph practiced Wednesday this week and prior to practice on Thursday he said he would practice.
"Yeah and hopefully do more," said Joseph beforehand. "Hopefully, I get a bigger role and do more plays."
Gruden was asked about Joseph's performance in back-to-back practices.
"I thought he looked all right," said Gruden. "I get tired of talking about the injured players, but he looked better today and he has a chance to play."
As for if he will play on Sunday in Denver, and how much he would play, Joseph was not sure of how his status would work out.
"It is not just my decision either," said Joseph. "Coaches have their part in it. Trainers have their part in it. If you asked me I am confident that I am able to play. This week I responded a lot better and feel a lot better.
"That is what goes into the evaluation also. To be able to last the whole game, on the foot and conditioning, everything that goes into a football game. Practice is one step."
On the official injury the report the Bucs had Askew, Galloway, and Piscitelli listed as did not practice. Limited participation in practice were Joseph, linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring), defensive tackle Ryan Sims (groin), and Talib.
The Denver Broncos injury report for Thursday has not been released yet.