There is good news and bad news on the injury front for the Buccaneers, who released their first official injury report with the familiar “Probable,” “Questionable” and “Doubtful” designations.
Here is the full report for the Bucs:
|Player||Injury||Practice Status||Game Status|
|TE Tom Crabtree||Ankle||Did Not Participate||Out|
|T Demar Dotson||Back||Limited Participation||Probable|
|RB Mike James||Eye||Limited Participation||Questionable|
|FB Erik Lorig||Calf||Limited Participation||Questionable|
|CB Rashaan Melvin||Hamstring||Did Not Participate||Doubtful|
|G Carl Nicks||Foot||Did Not Participate||Out|
|CB Darrelle Revis||Knee||Full Participation||Probable|
The good news to be found on this report is that All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is listed as probably, and continues to be a full participant in practices. I am sure the Buccaneers will not reveal the plans for Darrelle until the day of the game, but his probable designation and continued participation in practice signal positive progress in the final stages of his rehabilitation.
The bad news comes in the form of the “out” designation for likely starter Tom Crabtree and obvious starter and impact player Carl Nicks. The Buccaneers have other tight ends who will rotate in for Crabtree, but the replacement for Nicks isn’t so obvious.
All indications are that Gabe Carimi will be the starter at left guard, but head coach Greg Schiano did leave the door open for Ted Larsen or Jamon Meredith to be plugged in at the position as well.
The final bit of bad news is the continued injury battle for Erik Lorig, who will be key in the continued success of Doug Martin in 2013. Lorig did a great job paving the way for Martin in 2012, and there is no replacement for him on the roster if he should miss any time. He’s listed as questionable, but the Buccaneers have to hope that question will be answered with a “Yes, I can play,” on Sunday.