Garcia replaces injured Griese for Bucs

Buccaneers starting QB Brian Griese left Sunday’s 16-13 loss to the Broncos with a swollen right elbow and did not return.

Griese was injured midway through the third quarter when he was hit by a blitzing Champ Bailey. He finished 13-of-19 for 88 yards.

“It’s going to be all right,” said Griese, who couldn’t grip the ball without pain after taking a direct helmet hit on his elbow. “The doctor doesn’t seem to think that there’s anything wrong structurally, so that’s a good thing.”

Jeff Garcia replaced Griese, completing 13-of-17 for 93 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a quarter-and-a-half of work. Garcia led the Bucs to their only touchdown, a 7-yard pass to Ike Hilliard.

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