Interesting, to say the least. I have found a conflicting report from this afternoon. Unless that ESPN report is from tonight we'll have to wait a little longer until this clears up.
While Bucs head coach Jon Gruden is deciding whether to give Brian Griese the start at quarterback over Brad Johnson for Sunday's game at New Orleans, Simms is evidently not being considered as a possible starter this week, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
According to the report, Gruden met with Johnson on Monday to seek his advice on who should start next week. With the Bucs preparing to play consecutive road games against the Saints and Rams, if Gruden decides to make an immediate change, the veteran Griese will get the nod over Simms for now. However, if Gruden decides to keep Johnson at the helm for now, Simms might get the call in Week 7, when the Bucs follow those two road games with home games against the Bears and Chiefs. Griese was activated for last week's game against Denver and saw no action; Simms, the inactive third quarterback, came on to attempt a hail Mary pass on the game's final play. With all of the turmoil surrounding the Bucs' quarterback situation right now, Simms may well be the starter by the end of the season, but his time still appears at least two weeks away.