Johnson replaced; Bucs in need of spark

Originally Published: October 5, 2004 news services

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs coach Jon Gruden informed Brad Johnson that Chris Simms will take over as the starting quarterback for the immediate future.

Simms was inactive Sunday against the Broncos behind Johnson and Brian Griese and there was some speculation that Gruden could go with Griese. After meeting with Johnson Monday, Gruden needed the night to think about whether or not to make a change.

Johnson was replaced by Simms a couple weeks ago after 15 plays. In four games, Johnson completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 647 yards and three touchdowns and three interceptions. His quarterback rating was 79.5, but the offense as a whole was going nowhere.

Simms gives the Bucs more mobility in the pocket, but it may be tough for him to turn around an offense in transition. He's completed 21 of 33 passes for 175 yards, a 5.3 yard per attempt average that more than a yard lower than Johnson's. He was sacked four times and doesn't have a touchdown pass.
--'s John Clayton

Ex-Giants, Dolphins receiver busted: Former NFL receiver Mark Ingram was accused of laundering drug money, dealing in stolen cars and cashing counterfeit checks, the latest legal trouble for a player who helped the Giants win the 1991 Super Bowl.

In a federal indictment made public in Fort Lauderdale, authorities say Ingram cashed more than $300,000 in phony checks and laundered another $200,000. He was also accused of laundering drug money and of committing other crimes in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in New York.

The indictment accuses Ingram, 39, of conspiracy, bank fraud and money laundering, charges that could send him to federal prison for up to 30 years.

Ingram has already served a six-month federal sentence for possessing counterfeit bills. He was being held at the federal detention center in Brooklyn for allegedly violating terms of his release on an earlier charge.
-- The Associated Press