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Simms allowed to leave hospital
By JOANNE KORTH
Published October 2, 2006
Chris Simms was released from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa on Saturday, six days after the Bucs quarterback had emergency surgery to remove his spleen.
Simms' spleen was ruptured during a Sept. 24 loss to the Panthers.
Team officials, including coach Jon Gruden, suggested Simms' spleen ruptured in the fourth quarter on a hit by Carolina defensive tackle Al Wallace. The league fined Wallace $7,500 for using his body to drive Simms into the ground.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Simms believes the injury occurred in the first quarter and that doctors pumped three pints of blood from Simms' stomach due to internal bleeding.
The Bucs likely will make a decision this week to put Simms, 26, on injured reserve, which would end his season, or keep him on the 53-man active roster in hopes of a late-season return. Recovery is expected to take at least six weeks.
Rookie Bruce Gradkowski will start Sunday at New Orleans.