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8-26 Tony Dungy Quotes

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) “We are starting our preparation for Cincinnati, getting ready for them.

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (opening comments) * *

"We are starting our preparation for Cincinnati, getting ready for them.  It's kind of a two-fold purpose week for us, getting ready for that and trying to formulate our roster and get down to the best 53-man team for us.  I told our guys at the meeting this morning, that that was really the major focus of this game, trying to figure out what group was going to give us the best opportunity to have a great team in the regular season.  And that's not always keeping the best players, but guys who can be versatile, guys who can do different things, special teams.  So there will be a lot of things we're trying to see on Thursday night that will help us make those final decisions.  We've looked at a lot of things from all the way back to OTAs on forward and want to come up with the best team.  So with that in mind we're pushing forward and looking forward to having good practices and getting ready for Cincinnati."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on his plan for QB-Peyton Manning, letting him go all-out or be limited starting out)

"We want to be limited.  We're going to monitor him.  Tom Santi's going to start practicing today also, and we just can't let those guys step in and do everything.  We have kind of a pitch count and we'll monitor some things that kind of depend on how they feel and how they go.  But we do have a maximum on both of those guys."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on C-Jeff Saturday and DB-T.J. Rushing)

"T.J. we actually put on IR (Injured Reserve) today.  He has a ligament injury that's going to keep him out all year.  It was really one of those freak things, just running down as a gunner and ran past the return man and came up hobbling.  That was a tough one, really a tough break for him.  Jeff is getting evaluated.  We really don't know at this point where it is.  It could be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a major injury, and we're still trying to sort that out right now."

HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on if he anticipates having Jeff Saturday for the start of the season)

"Don't know that.  I came here and told you a couple of years ago we're putting Dallas Clark on IR, and he ended up being probably the most valuable player in the playoff run.  I think we're still at that point where Jeff has some options.  We don't really know how bad it is.  We're going to look at it and it will probably be through this weekend until it gets sorted out.  But it could be the type of thing where he could be back next week or it could be something major if he needs surgery.  We don't know right now."


"I don't know his timetable either.  He's not going to play this week, but we're hopeful of having him back next week."

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HEAD COACH TONY DUNGY (on any other injuries)

"The only other one was (TE-) Zac Herold.  He got hit in the knee in the game and it ended up being a little more severe than we had hoped.  So those were our roster moves, T.J. (Rushing) and Zac Herold to IR and then we released Clifton Dawson, Marcus Richardson and Adam Crossett.  That's our five moves to get down to 75."


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