Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Thursday October 31:
PRACTICE CONDITIONS• The Buccaneers took to the practice field at 11:45 on Thursday under sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-70’s. Tampa Bay practiced for almost two hours in preparation for Sunday’s road trip to Seattle to take on the 7-1 Seahawks.
BUCS INJURIES• Head coach Greg Schiano, who left the door cracked for running back Doug Martin’s return this week, all but slammed it shut on Thursday.
“I think it’s getting slimmer as time goes on,” Schiano said on Thursday.
Martin injured his shoulder two weeks ago against the Falcons, and many expected Tampa Bay’s leading rusher to be placed in injured reserve. But the Buccaneers are hoping that it may improve to the point where Martin can get back on the field at some point this season.
“Doug’s getting better; I don’t know if [he is] going to be [ready] for this week or not, but he’s certainly has made a lot of progress,” Schiano told the media on Wednesday.
ROSTER MOVESThe Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Thursday.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC• As first reported by PewterReport.com on Wednesday night, Buccaneers offensive guard Davin Joseph again disputed a false report that said he has MRSA during the open locker room period Thursday afternoon.
“I never had MRSA. I do not have MRSA and never had MRSA, plain and simple. I had a staph infection over the summertime, but it wasn’t MRSA.”
The Buccaneers have had three reported cases of MRSA this year with kicker Lawrence Tynes, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Johnthan Banks all contracting the anitbiotic-resistant super infection.
• Cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media on Thursday and was asked about Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who Revis has had some well-publicized Twitter feuds with in the past. On Thursday Revis took the high road and only complemented the Seahawks star.
“I really haven’t studied film on him to really make an assumption on him being the top guy,” Revis said. “But he can play, I love his game. He makes plays, I like how he presses and he is a great corner.”
Revis also addressed the defensive game plan that some have questioned about not using Tampa Bay’s best corner to the best of his ability.
“The game plan is what it is,” Revis said. “It doesn’t matter what coach puts us in, or what position or where we are placed at, we have to make plays. We are 0-7, and that is just what it is. We just have to go out there and make plays. We made them earlier in the year, and we have to get back to that. I think in the last two games we haven’t had any turnovers on defense. So coach has been talking about that to us, we have to get back to making turnovers.”
• During his weekly press conference defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was asked if the criticism leveled at Schiano this season has been warranted. Sheridan was happy to offer his opinion and thoughts.
“I appreciate you asking me that because it gives me a chance to speak on that. It definitely is not warranted and it may be very hard for people on the outside who don’t know Greg, because for some of the criticism that he apparently is receiving – and I don’t know or have firsthand knowledge, I don’t follow, but indirectly of course we all get it, right?
“It definitely isn’t warranted. I’ve worked for a lot of quality people in this profession –long before I even came to the NFL – and I’ve certainly worked for quality people in the National Football League and I would put Greg up against anybody I’ve worked for in regards to a guy of single-mindedness of purpose towards doing the job that he’s been asked to do and doing it with complete and total integrity. If, in our profession, we get criticized for that, then he should be criticized.
“But all he’s ever done since I’ve been here and worked for him is be the first guy in the building and the last guy to leave, focus his entire energy and concentration on what he can do on a daily basis to help the Bucs win and he’s done it with complete and unadulterated integrity. If in our profession we get criticized for that, then that’s the way it is, but without expounding on it anymore, that’s my response and I appreciate you giving me the chance to say that.”
• Tampa Bay’s next home game, a Monday nigh affair with the Dolphins on November 11 was officially announced as a sellout on Thursday in a press release.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that the team’s Monday Night Football home game versus the Miami Dolphins on November 11 has completely sold out (a full 100% of the general seats sold, as opposed to the 85% threshold to guarantee the game will be televised locally). The game, which kicks off at 8:40 p.m. ET, will be broadcast live on ESPN in front of a nationally-televised audience.
“We are excited that Buccaneer fans will enjoy a packed Raymond James Stadium for Monday Night Football on a night when we will also celebrate Warren Sapp’s exceptional Hall of Fame career,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford.
Sapp will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor joining former head coach John McKay, Hall-of-Famer Lee Roy Selmon, tight end Jimmie Giles and last season’s inductee left tackle Paul Gruber.
QUOTE OF THE DAY“No I don’t like it. But that is what comes with the territory of being 0-7. Everybody is saying we are the worst team and that is fine. The only thing we can do is keep on working each week and hopefully get on a winning streak. The season is not over, we still have a bunch of games to play and it can flip just like that. We just have to get one win in here and I think everything will change.” – CB Darrelle Revis on the Bucs being a huge underdog to Seattle this Sunday
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAYThe Buccaneers will be back on the practice field at 11:05 a.m. Friday as they put the final touches on the game plan for Sunday’s matchup with the Seahawks. The game will be televised on FOX at 4:05 p.m. with Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston calling the action.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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