Published: Oct 14, 2004






TAMPA - After Sunday's game against the Saints, Jason Garrett wandered into the Bucs' locker room.
Having just left the broadcast booth where he helped call the game for Fox, Garrett was catching up with his former teammates when the subject of what he was doing this week came up.

After starting QB Chris Simms suffered a shoulder sprain in the Bucs' 20-17 victory against New Orleans, Garrett's services suddenly were in demand.

``I was waiting to go to the airport, and they were getting on the bus,'' said Garrett, the veteran backup QB who was in training camp with the Bucs but was cut in preseason. ``They started talking about the possibility of me coming back because they didn't know how severe Chris' injury was.''

Simms said Wednesday he's feeling better and regaining some mobility, but with his left arm in a sling there's not much he'll be able to do this week. Garrett's signing was necessary to help take some of the snaps at practice, specifically with the scout team.

For Monday night's game, former starter Brad Johnson will be the backup to Brian Griese, who is making his first start as a Buccaneer.

``Out of respect for that position, we felt it was necessary to bring a guy back who knows our stuff,'' Coach Jon Gruden said.

Last week at this time, Garrett was preparing for his first NFL game as a broadcaster, studying the players and memorizing names and numbers. This week, he's reacquainting himself with Gruden's terminology.

``It was a funny couple of days for me,'' Garrett said, ``there's no question about that.''

UNDER PRESSURE: The statistics don't reflect it this season, but St. Louis coach Mike Martz said the Bucs are one of the few teams who can get pressure on the passer with a four- man rush.

Through five games last year, the Bucs had 13 sacks, led by DE Simeon Rice with seven. This season, the Bucs are down to six through five games, including one for Rice.

What doesn't show up on the stat sheet is the number of quarterback pressures.

``We've had a few mobile quarterbacks this year, guys that have escape ability,'' SS Dwight Smith said. ``So the stats might [look like] we're not getting a lot of pressure, but our D-line has been getting a lot of pressure.''

Smith said that pressure is evident in how well the secondary is playing. The Bucs are ranked third against the pass.

ROSTER MOVES: In addition to Garrett, the Bucs signed former Denver WR Adrian Madise. The Broncos' fifth-round draft pick last year was released Monday, following a four-game suspension for violating the league's banned-substance policy after testing positive for steroids. Madise claimed he was unaware steroids were in the supplements he used.

In 11 games with the Broncos, Madise had two receptions for 10 yards. He was more involved on special teams, where he returned five kickoffs for 137 yards (27.4 average), including a long of 83 yards.

To make room for Garrett and Madise, the Bucs released WRs Marcus Knight and Derrick Lewis.

The Bucs also signed WR Kevin Youngblood, an undrafted free agent out of Clemson who was released by the Falcons before the season, to the practice squad. DT Issac Hilton was released to make room.

BUCS BITS: LB Derrick Brooks was excused from Wednesday's practice for personal reasons. Brooks is scheduled to start in his 134th consecutive game, the NFL's longest active streak among defensive players. ... Rice was held out of practice with a migraine, and MLB Shelton Quarles (quad) was limited and is listed as probable for Monday night's game.

Katherine Smith