TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia is out of Sunday's home-opener against Atlanta because of a sprained ankle. He will be replaced by veteran backup Brian Griese.
Garcia was injured during the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 24-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He missed most of training camp and three preseason games because of a strained right calf, and his preparation for the season-opener was affected by a jammed pinkie finger on his throwing hand.
Coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday he hoped Garcia sitting out this week's game against the Falcons will allow the 38-year-old Garcia to get healthy "physically and emotionally." Garcia completed 24-of-41 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Saints.