May 15, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright (21), defensive back E.J. Biggers (31) and linebacker Rennie Curran (45) workout during organized team activities at One Buc. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
And the fourth major injury of the offseason hits: per ESPN, E.J. Biggers has a broken bone in his foot. While it's not clear how long that would keep him out of practice. Depending on the bone that is broken and the extent of his break, he could be back in a month, or he could miss the entire season. As an example, Cowboys wide receiver Danny Coale missed a month earlier this year with a broken fifth metatarsal, while Hakeem Nicks is expected to miss a total of 3 months with his broken fifth metatarsal. Meanwhile, Sammie Stroughter missed 8 games last season with a broken foot.
If Biggers cannot return in time for the regular season, the Buccaneers certainly have a problem at cornerback. While Biggers isn't a great cornerback, he is fairly reliable in coverage despite a down season last year. More importantly, he was running as the third cornerback behind Aqib Talib and Eric Wright. Biggers' injury forces the Bucs to fall back on Anthony Gaitor (likely as a nickel cornerback) or even Myron Lewis, while rookies Leonard Johnson and Keith Tandy are in the mix as well. Finally, the team could decide to move Ronde Barber back to cornerback if necessary.