Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Tampa Bay cornerback Anthony Gaitor will soon return to action, while they may be forced to miss LeQuan Lewis for a significant amount of time.
We have some good news and bad news on an awful Tampa Bay secondary today. The good news it that that embattled secondary will be slightly better with the addition of cornerback Anthony Gaitor. The Bucs have announced that he will play on Sunday, which will give him his first game action since last season. Anthony Gaitor has missed the entire 2012 season so far with a hamstring injury. They placed him on injured reserve on October 10, but designated him for return, which will allow him to come back this week.
Gaitor was a seventh-round draft pick last season, and he's very undersized, so he won't revolutionize the Tampa Bay secondary. But he did look somewhat capable in limited action last season, and he is at least feisty and physical, which is what the Bucs are looking for in their cornerbacks.
The Bucs' depth at cornerback has gotten so bad, by the way, that the Bucs resorted to moving Ronde Barber back to nickel cornerback against the Denver Broncos. Barber still played safety in base defenses, and has moved to the slot in dime defenses for most of the season. Against the Broncos, however, the Bucs used him as a slot cornerback on 71% of all defensive snaps, with Ahmad Black playing free safety.
The bad news is that cornerback LeQuan Lewis suffered a knee injury against the Denver Broncos, and the severity is not yet clear. The Bucs are waiting for scans, which usually means a player will be out for several weeks. The Bucs didn't use Lewis on defense against Denver, however, using him only as a kick returner and on other special teams plays.