TAMPA — Bucs fans and players waited all day Tuesday to hear whether or not they’ll begin the 2011 season without star corner Aqib Talib.
That wait continues on into today and very well into the weekend. Talib has refused to make any statements on his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell which took place yesterday. Talib was joined by fellow NFL’er Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans who also faces disciplinary actions for his offseason troubles.
No matter the current drama surrounding him, Talib returned to Bucs practice today and could start on Saturday in Tampa’s preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Talib missed the last five games of the 2010 season due to injury. E.J. Biggers stepped up for him and the Bucs went 4-1 in that span. Biggers is the likely choice as Talib’s replacement should he be suspended. However, Raheem Morris is staying firm in his stance that the position is wide open for any of the Bucs young corners to fill.
Talib led the Bucs with six interceptions before his injury and missed a total of six games including the season opener in which he was suspended for beating a cab driver the summer previous. No word has come down on punishment this time around, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods.
Talib’s attorney’s are confident that they have a strong enough case to have their client avoid a suspension. Hopefully for Bucs fans, that’s the truth and nothing but the truth so help the Bucs’ backups against Calvin Johnson week 1.