Updated: July 29, 2003, 11:23 AM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Coach Jon Gruden is going to be cautious with his players this early in the preseason, and he said that CB Ronde Barber (sore right knee), WR Keenan McCardell (hamstring), LB Justin Smith (hamstring) and TE Todd Yoder (dehydration) are all questionable for Saturday's American Bowl in Tokyo. "We'll see where we are when we get off the plane,'' Gruden told the Tampa Tribune. "I think you have to think wisely about what you're doing in late July in the big picture.'' QB Brad Johnson, who did not throw Sunday or Monday because of a "weary'' arm, is expected to start the game against the Jets. Jacksonville Jaguars: When WR Jimmy Smith saw teammate DT Larry Smith collapse twice from the heat, it only solidified the importance of proper hydration. Smith has been drowning himself in water this offseason, but not just to keep fluids in his body, but to keep pounds off of it. He went from 220 pounds to 207 pounds this spring by drinking 110 ounces of water each day. "A lot of guys I know have had success with it," Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. "It's a simple formula, gallons of water. Half your body weight in ounces of water." DT Marcus Stroud also has lost 15-20 pounds on the water diet&The proliferation of high-end indoor training facilities has yet to reach Jacksonville. The Jags do not have an indoor practice facility so when thunder and lightning accompanied an afternoon rainstorm Monday, the the team was forced to move into a conference room at nearby Alltel Stadium.
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