Yet another member of this 2012 Buccaneers team is headed to IR as the team announced today cornerback Anthony Gaitor is out indefinitely with a hamstring strain. Under the new IR rules, Gaitor can return to the team later this year as he was placed on the list designated for players eligible to return at a later date.
This is different from the original IR which meant once placed on the list, that player was done until next season. The new IR also differs from the PUP list as players listed on that list are out a minimum of six weeks.
Gaitor, however, is a bit discouraged with this latest bit of news as he thought he was nearing a return to the Bucs lineup, one that is thin at cornerback when it comes to talent.
“I’m getting there,” Gaitor told Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s the first day. We’re lucky we have an extra day this week. So I’ll come in [today], get some more treatment, go out and run a little bit more and then take it from there.”
The Buccaneers do have seven corners on roster, so as ProFootballTalk pointed out depth is not an issue. But as we are pointing out there isn’t strength in numbers when it comes to the Bucs secondary. You can have a million chimpanzees typing a million words per minute but you still won’t get the greatest novel ever written — because it was authored by primates.
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So Gaitor’s injury looks like a non-issue on the surface to the casual fan, but the Bucs need all the help they can get in the secondary and that help is not going to come from Gaitor anytime soon.
The Buccaneers promoted linebacker Jacob Cutrera, who was cut by the Bucs this offseason, to fill Gaitor’s roster spot for the time being. It appears that Tampa is going to try and force teams to pass against them as Cutrera’s promotion shows a favoritism towards what has been a pretty stout run defense for the most part this season.