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Garcia says he's healthy enough to play, disagrees with benching

Updated: September 11, 2008, 8:27 PM ET
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Jeff Garcia disagreed with coach Jon Gruden's decision to bench him for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home opener Sunday and said he is healthy enough to practice and play.

Garcia, who sprained an ankle during the Bucs' 24-20 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints, acknowledged Thursday that he could have played better in Week 1 but disputed Gruden's decision to bench him and let veteran Brian Griese start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons instead.

"Right now, having only ...

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