Training camp and the preseason are well underway, and while many teams around the league are trying to figure out how to replace players who are lost for the year, the Buccaneers are lucky enough to have almost everyone on the roster in one piece heading into preseason game number two. But there are still some injury notes to keep an eye on as the team prepares for kickoff against the Jets in a few weeks:
- According to 620 WDAE’s report from training camp press conferences, the Buccaneers will be without multiple players as they head to Boston to take on the Patriots in practice and in a preseason game. The notable players who will not journey north with the rest of the team are Davin Joseph, who remains out as he recovers from a knee injury, Lawrence Tynes, who is suffering from a toe ailment which is allowing Derek Dimke to make a big statement about his right to the starting kicker job, and Chris Owusu and Danny Gorrer who both picked up minor injuries in the game against the Ravens and are being held back to ensure that they don’t exacerbate a small injury in a meaningless game.
- Carl Nicks will likely return to action this week against the Patriots, but it won’t be without pain. According to Mark Cook of Pewter Report, Nicks will play with pain in the future despite surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his foot. Nicks is realistic about the situation, and knows that he’ll have to tough it out, but hopefully for his sake the pain he is further and further removed from the time of the injury. There is optimism that Nicks will play this year, but it’s not encouraging to know that a key member of the Buccaneers’ offense is going to play though pain all year long.
- Kevin Ogletree left the field on Monday with an ankle injury, but according to the article from 620 WDAE linked above, it’s not considered the be serious. The same can be said about Gerald McCoy’s calf injury, and no other injuries were noted on the final day before heading up north. The Buccaneers appear to be focusing on holding back players with minor injuries to ensure no major injuries evolve from minor tweaks and strains.