By Tom Krasniqi (Twitter: @TKras)
Training camp has broken up. The stands surrounding the playing fields at One Buc Place have been taken down. You know what that means. The regular season is fast approaching for the 2013 Buccaneers.
The big question now is: What’s going on with prized cornerback Darrelle Revis and when will he be ready for game action? The Bucs play their 3rd preseason game Saturday in Miami. That’s usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Head coach Greg Schiano was uncertain about Revis’ status.
“I don’t know,” Schiano said after Monday’s practice when asked if Revis would play against the Dolphins. “I just don’t feel like he has to. If he wants to because if he wants to do that….and if he wants to play in the Washington game [final preseason game] for that matter, I’m fine with it.”
In his own words, Revis took a “huge step” forward with his rehab on Monday. He took part in team drills and says his knee feels fine. “No soreness at the end of practice and no swelling. I think it’s a huge step,” Revis said. Revis says he matched up against Vincent Jackson at times during practice. His reps were limited and it was a no-contact day for Revis.
Schiano says they’re trying to ease Revis back in. “What we need to make sure is that when we do get him back to playing that’s it’s not full-bore, right out of the gate because he hasn’t trained to do that,” said Schiano. “We’re going to have to be smart. But I think we’ve handled that well and we just have to continue and so much of it depends on Darrelle’s feedback to us. He lets us know how he feels and we adjust accordingly. I can tell you, there’s nobody in the world who wants to play more than Darrelle Revis.”
Revis is anxious to get back but he knows the Bucs are taking a very cautious approach with their $96-million man. I asked Revis if he was confident about playing in the season opener against the Jets. “I’m confident. It’s day-to-day but I’m confident. It’s still weeks away and we still got time for my knee to get better and better. That’s how we have to approach it and look at it.”
News & Notes:
- The news is not good regarding guard Carl Nicks. Schiano says Nicks suffered a setback leading up to the Patriots game. On top of the troublesome toe injury, Nicks now has an infected blister on the outside of the same foot. He’s likely out for the rest of the preseason and he looks questionable for the season opener. Schiano wouldn’t rule Nicks out for the Jets game, saying it was a “realistic possibility.”
- Guard Davin Joseph (knee) did take part in most of the team’s practice today. Schiano is not sure if he’ll play Saturday in Miami.
- Bucs RB Doug Martin practiced on Monday and says he feels fine after taking a knee to the head against the Patriots on Friday night. Martin says he was “dazed” but passed the concussion tests.
- Rookie QB Mike Glennon says he’s getting more and more comfortable with the playbook: “There really wasn’t really a time where I was out there and I didn’t know what was going on.”
- WR Tiquan Underwood (knee) did practice today. CB Danny Gorrer (groin) didn’t practice.
- Schiano says starters will play “substantially more” this week against the Dolphins. Figure the starters to play at least one half.
- Safety Dashon Goldson joked about the team’s 0-2 preseason record. His message to the fans: “Calm down”.
- The Bucs will travel to Miami on Saturday night to take on the Dolphins in the 3rd preseason game. You can catch the game on 620 WDAE and 95.3FM with the pre-game show beginning at 5:30pm.
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