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Garcia returns to practice

Posted Nov 30, 2007 by Roy Cummings

Updated Nov 30, 2007 at 02:41 PM

TAMPA - Guess who was back at practice Friday at One Buc Place?

That’s right, for the first time since he hurt his back in the game against Washington last week, Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia was back working out.

The media was whisked away from the practice field before the good stuff started, but we were allowed to watch the warm-up and stretching period and Garcia particpated fully in that. Two days after he said his back was too sore to bend over or even attempt to throw a ball he was bending over back and forth and sideways and jogging with the rest of the team.

I did not see him throw a ball (Like I said, we were whisked away before the good stuff started), but this was a sign that Garcia is indeed making some progress and feeling better and may actually play Sunday at New Orleans.

The Bucs have been giving Luke McCown the majority of the snaps in practice this week and he will likely start should Garcia be unable to go. However, if Garcia can practice he can probalby play, so it’s starting to look like he’ll be ready to go come Sunday. Unless, of course, he suffers a set back.

Reader Comments

Por (Fred Sutter) on November 30, 2007 (Suggest removal)

This news is kind of bitter-sweet.  Yes we’d all like to see Garcia throw the rock against the Saints, but if he gets hurt in the process this could be a catastrophic decision for this team. I hope you know what you’re doing Jon.

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Por (Travis Argue) on November 30, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Lets not all freak out about Garcia playing injured.  He came back into the game against the Skins because the doctors said that he couldn’t cause any more damage to what he already has.  If he doesn’t play, and we lose this game, we are only 1 up on the Saints, and they have an easier schedule than we do the rest of the season.  If he plays, and we win, we have essentially a 4 game lead since we swept the Saints, with only 4 game to go.  I’d rather he play then game and sit the last 4 if need be.  Hell, anyone can quarterback for us against the Falcons at home or even at the 49ers and we should still get the one win we’d need.  I’m looking forward to this weekends game because I get to watch it with some of my Saints friends. Go Bucs!

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Por (Jacques Trappe) on November 30, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I wholeheartedly agree with the previous comment. I really don’t want Garcia on the field unless he’s healthy and not to rush himself back early. Pittman tried it and look where it got him. The team will NEED him healthy when they play in January.

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Por (erik cottman) on November 30, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Let Luke start. Let’s see if he can take a couple of hits and settle in. If not, then and only then let Garcia play(assuming he can play). In a very tight playoff race, this is a must win game! Three of these last five games are must have but, not at the expense of not having Garcia for the playoffs!! Listen to us for once Gruden!

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Por (zachary greytsman) on December 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

ok, so before the game, i agreed with all of the comments below mine; risking Garcia won’t pay off in the long run….we need him in the playoffs, not so much now. HOWEVER, since we already won this game, unless we lose the next 4 straight, we have a playoff spot! So i think Garcia should even miss out next weeks game, too, just to play it safe. Look at luke, he stepped into Garcia’s shoes pretty nicely…im sure he can do it again next week. However, the only reason im rooting for the bucs is b.c of Garcia’s outstanding performance last year on the eagles, my favorite team. So now im an Ealges/Bucs fan..GO teams!!

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