Saturday is the Bucs first pre-season game of the season (thank goodness football has returned!). As the Bucs prepare to take on the Miami Dolphins, several key players will not be available or limited in the amount of time they will see.
Barrett Ruud is the recent addition to the ever growing list of injuries. He may miss the Miami game with a sore groin that is limiting his motion. The coaches do not want to risk his health, especially this early. Starting corner Aqib Talib is also nursing a sore groin and may not play Saturday either. Both injuries are minor, but no one wants to risk further injury, especially in the pre-season. Rookie defensive tackle Brian Price has been back in practice, but limited as he continues to recover a strained hamstring. He may play Saturday, but probably won’t be in there for long.
Rookie corner Myron Lewis is the biggest concern to the coaches right now. His hamstring is not healing fast and he is falling behind in practices and may be losing his chance to compete for the back-up corner position that many believed was his (some believe he is the replacement for Ronde Barber in the future). He will not play in Miami unless a miracle happens by this weekend.
It is normal for players to experience injuries in training camp, just not to so many key players for this young team. The good news from all of the injuries is that none of them are serious and everyone should be ready for week 1 of the regular season.