Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Friday, November 29:
• Tampa Bay began practice at 11:45 a.m. under partly sunny skies. Temperatures climbed to 72 degrees at One Buccaneer Place for the afternoon practice.
• With the exception of left guard Carl Nicks (foot), every Buccaneer participated in Friday’s practice, including cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is recovering from a groin injury he suffered in Tampa Bay’s 24-21 win at Detroit on Sunday.
“Everyone was able to practice,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “Darrelle was limited as far as the tempo and those kind of things. But since he’s been out the last two days that was a step in the right direction. We’ll see come Sunday. He’s limited and questionable.”
Schiano said he was pleased with the progress middle linebacker Mason Foster has made since sustaining a concussion against Atlanta two weeks ago. That injury caused Foster to miss last week’s game at Detroit.
“With Mason, he’s done well this week,” Schiano said. “As with any head injury we’ll evaluate him through the game to make sure that continues.”
The following players are listed on Tampa Bay’s Friday injury report: Revis (groin) is questionable, Foster (concussion) is probable, middle linebacker Adam Hayward (foot) is probable, nose tackle Akeem Spence (wrist) is probable, right guard Davin Joseph (knee) is probable, left guard Jamon Meredith (ankle) is probable and left guard Carl Nicks (foot) is out.
• Tampa Bay did not have any roster moves on Friday.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE• The health of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis continues to be the big news at One Buccaneer Place, especially since Tampa Bay will be taking on a dangerous wide receiver on Sunday in Carolina’s Steve Smith. Revis practiced for the first time this week after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday and is listed as questionable after being limited on Friday.
“When I feel ready to go that’s when it’s time for me to get out there and play,” Revis said. “It will probably be a game-time decision. I’ll probably have to get out there a little earlier and try to run and see how I feel when I cut and when I move.”
Revis missed the second half of the Lions game due to his strained groin and said that he is definitely feeling better on Friday.
“It’s better,” Revis said. “It’s way better. It’s a strained muscle. Luckily it wasn’t anything more than that or too serious. It’s good. It’s day-by-day and limited today. Hopefully I can rest more today and tomorrow and move forward on Sunday.”
If Revis can’t go on Sunday in Carolina, the Bucs plan on using the trio of Leonard Johnson, rookie Johnthan Banks and Danny Gorrer at the cornerback position.
• The Bucs were also thrilled to have starting free safety Dashon Goldson back at practice this week and available to play on Sunday after missing last week’s game at Detroit due to a suspension for a helmet hit.
“We got Hawk back, so hopefully that will put some fear in their offense,” Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis said.
With Revis listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, Bucs head coach Greg Schiano indicated that the team is relieved to not have to go into Carolina without two of its star players in the secondary.
“The good thing is that Dashon is back, so you have a guy that has seen a lot of football in his time,” Schiano said. “If Darrelle plays and Dashon plays sometimes they can talk through it. The hard thing is when you are mixing and matching [defensive backs] the way we are, they don’t always practice together. So much of playing in the secondary is like the O-line. I look at the O-line and the secondary as being very similar. It’s communication, but it is unsaid communication where you just know what the other guy is going to do because you’ve been there in that position before. That’s something we’re fighting for sure.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You are playing the hottest team in the league in their home stadium, so yeah, I’d say so,” said Bucs head coach Greg Schiano when asked whether playing the Carolina Panthers, who have won seven straight games, is the most difficult challenge of the year.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Bucs will have a walk-through practice on Saturday and travel to Carolina for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally on Fox.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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