As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into Week 1 of the NFL season, they have a fairly manageable injury report. The team has stayed relatively healthy, so as they head into their first game against the New York Jets, there’s not a lot of injury news to discuss.
The biggest name on the injury report is Darrelle Revis, who is a full participant in practice, but is still appearing on the injury list as there is still uncertainty as to the role he will play on Sunday. The team has been methodical and cautious about his knee from day one, and it seems like the reality of playing a real, NFL football game isn’t rushing their decision to start Revis.
The only players to not participate in practice (other than Danny Gorrer, who is on the injured reserve, designated to return) are Rashaan Melvin, Tom Crabtree, and Carl Nicks. Crabtree is likely a few weeks away from his first appearance on the field, as high ankle sprains are rarely a quick heal.
Melvin is dealing with a hamstring injury, which is not ideal as it can become a recurring problem. The Buccaneers may just be taking things slow with the rookie corner, but a lack of practice is discouraging for his prospects of making his NFL debut.
We all know the situation with Carl Nicks. If he’s healthy and ready to return, he’ll be out there Week 1, but there are no traditional timetables to follow in this situation. Nicks must be clear of the infection and back to his normal stamina and strength to play, and that clearly hasn’t happened yet.
The other players listed on the injury report are Erik Lorig and Mike James, who were both limited participants in practice. Lorig is recovering from a calf injury, and will hopefully be ready for the game. James may sit out the Jets game in favor of Peyton Hillis as he continues to recover from what is being called an “eye injury.”