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Clayton To Start? Don’t Be So Sure
Posted Sep 18, 2008 by Roy Cummings
Updated Sep 18, 2008 at 03:28 PM
TAMPA - Don’t go penciling Michael Clayton into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against Chicago just yet.
During his post-practice press conference on Thursday, Bucs coach Jon Gruden sounded none too pleased with Clayton’s claim that he expects to start in place of Joey Galloway against the Bears.
“I understand a couple of players have already spoken that [Galloway is] not going [to play], but I’ll make that decision,’’ Gruden said. “And I’ll decide who starts, too. As along as I have the title as head coach here I’ll do that. The decisions we’ve made here, whether it be at the quarterback position or at flanker is going to be based on performance and we’ll leave it at that.’’
Gruden was obviously making reference to Clayton’s claim Wednesday that he has been told he’ll start Sunday’s game at flanker. Clayton also said Antonio Bryant is expected to start at Galloway’s split end spot, but it appears those decisions have yet to be made.
As we told you earlier, Galloway did not practice on Thursday and his status for this week’s game seems questionable at best. It’s possible, though, that he could still play.
In other injury news, LB Derrick Brooks and CB Aqib Talib are questionable for the game as well. Both were limited in practice on Thursday. The likelihood is both will play, but we’ll leave it to Gruden to make that call.