NFL news: Buccaneers GM says QB Simms is OK
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ORLANDO, Fla. | Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen challenged a report Monday that backup quarterback Chris Simms is in danger of being released or placed on injured reserve because of a sore left throwing arm.
The St. Petersburg Times reported on its Web site that Simms is taking anti-inflammatories and other medications just to take the field for training-camp workouts at Disney’s Wide World of Sports.
“The reports today were completely inaccurate,” Allen said.
Simms, according to the Times, is showing symptoms of irregular proprioception, a condition where the sensory endings in muscles, tendons and joints struggle to relay information about body position to the brain.
Simms, 26, entered the 2006 season as the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback but underwent season-ending surgery last Sept. 24 when he suffered a ruptured spleen in a game against Carolina.
After taking several months to rehabilitate, Simms has struggled with his fundamentals, throwing motion and accuracy since being cleared to resume workouts in the spring.
“His arm is not an issue,” Allen said. “His health is not an issue.”