Darrelle Revis is on track for the season opener
Darrelle Revis likely won't play in Thursday's preseason game (although and has yet to suit up in a Buccaneers uniform. But the veteran cornerback has ramped up his participation in practice over the past two weeks. There's no reason to believe he won't be ready to take on Jeremy Kerley and Geno Smith in the season opener. Not that the Buccaneers are likely to need him.
Davin Joseph and Adrian Clayborn both suffered season-ending knee injuries last year, but appear to be fully healthy for the season opener. Clayborn and Joseph got extended action in the team's third preseason game, and both looked healthy. Joseph displayed some signs of rust, which is to be expected, but Clayborn looked very good going up against some admittedly mediocre Miami tackles.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be satisfied that they've adequately scrubbed their facilities, having 'nuked' it twice. But the staph infection is still plaguing two Buccaneers in Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes. The latter recently returned to Kansas City to undergo extra treatment, per the Tampa Bay Times, and it seems exceedingly unlikely that Tynes will play this season.
The Bucs are a little more optimistic about Carl Nicks, who seems to be responding well to medication. The Buccaneers aren't ruling out his participation in the season opener against the New York Jets, and the worst case scenario appears to consist of the guard missing the first three or four games of the regular season.
Nagging injuries to important contributors
A couple of players who were expected to play some good roles for the Buccaneers this season have been struggling with nagging injuries for the past few weeks. After a stellar training camp, wide receiver Chris Owusu failed to impress in the first preseason game and has since missed every practice with an injury. Similarly, Danny Gorrer had to leave the game against the Baltimore Ravens after aggravating a groin injury and has yet to return to practice.
Pass rusher Aaron Morgan was expected to compete for a backup defensive end spot, but has yet to suit up in a preseason game. Similarly, tight end Zach Miller has failed to add to the competition at his position due to a nagging injury. These injuries have hurt the team's depth,
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