Sunday, November 25, 2007
Sidelined for first half, Garcia returns in fourth quarter
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia injured his
back on the first play of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. He left the field two plays later and remained on the
sideline until early in the fourth quarter.
Garcia was shaken up when he scrambled for a 1-yard gain and was
tackled by Washington defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin. He left
after being hit as he threw an incompletion and later walked into
the locker room.
Although the Bucs said he was expected to return, the
37-year-old quarterback stood on the sideline wearing a baseball
cap after rejoining his teammates later in the first quarter.
Second-year pro Bruce Gradkowski replaced him, and Tampa Bay led
19-3 at the half.
By the time Garcia returned with just over 11 minutes left in
the fourth quarter, Washington had trimmed its deficit to 19-13.