Buccaneers Week 1 Injury Update: Darrelle Revis is a Full Participant in Practice, Nicks and Crabtree Sitting Out

Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talk after the game at Raymond James Stadium. The Redskins won 30-12. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

Adrian Clayborn and Davin Joseph do not appear at all on the injury report, and it can be assumed they are 100% fit and ready to play against New York.

Topics: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Sad to say Carl might not return for at least 6 weeks from the infection’s onset. The course of antibiotics taken with this particular infection can be physically draining. Infectious disease specialist must then retest to ensure the staph is no longer present .

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