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For 3, it's operation recovery

RICK STROUD
Published May 20, 2004

TAMPA - Full-squad workouts are vital for teaching offensive linemen the Bucs' intricate system. But two likely starters recently discovered another way of operating.

Guard Cosey Coleman had intestinal surgery earlier this month after being rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain and can't return to practice before players report to training camp July 30.

Left tackle Derrick Deese, the 49ers unrestricted free agent, is home in California recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his ankle. He will participate in the Bucs' organized team activities (OTA) when they resume next week.

"Derrick goes in every year for a cleaning," coach Jon Gruden said of the 34-year-old Deese.

Coleman's condition appears more serious, especially since the team signed free-agent guards Matt O'Dwyer and Matt Stinchcomb in the offseason.

"He probably won't participate in our OTAs until training camp," Gruden said. "We're going to help him regain his strength, but the surgery went well, according to (Dr.) Joe Diaco and he'll be ready for training camp. I don't know the official nature of the surgery; he had something wrong with his intestines and an infection of some kind."

The timetable for the return of receiver Joe Jurevicius also is a moving target. Still recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee, Jurevicius is not expected to practice until the mandatory minicamp in June, at the earliest. On Wednesday, he jogged routes and played catch after practice with quarterback Jason Garrett.

"Every time I have a timetable we seem to change it, you know?" Gruden said of Jurevicius. "We're very, very optimistic about Joe coming back and participating in the mandatory minicamp and being full-go for training camp. The bottom line right now, he's got to put back-to-back rigorous days together. He's closing in on doing that. But we're going to make sure this time that he's 100 percent ready to go in his own mind and so far, so good."

One player the Bucs are happy to have back is running back Charlie Garner, who has recovered enough from arthroscopic knee surgery to begin practicing this week.

"It feels great to be running around," Garner said. "The second day was a little more sore than yesterday, but I did more then I did yesterday. There's no swelling in there, it's about soreness right now and getting more strength back in the leg to be able to do what I need to do, making my spin moves and more powerful cuts."

Just no more cutting on the operating table.

SORRY CHARLIE: Garner may still be working his legs back in shape, but his mouth is running fine. The former Raiders tailback likes to talk smack in practice.

"I'm not a big fan of practice," Garner said. "So when I'm out there, I'm going to bring some energy to practice and I like talking to the defense because it helps me get myself focusing and working with those guys. It just brings up the whole level of practice. Guys over there say, "We're not used to guys talking trash to our defense.' I said, "Well, I have to talk trash out here to get myself practicing. Y'all better get used to it.' "

BUCS BITS: Receiver Keenan McCardell was a no-show again at Wednesday's practice and apparently plans to remain in Houston until he receives a contract extension. ... Representatives from the coaching staff at Nebraska and Southern California have attended workouts at One Buc Place this week.

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