What ESPN report did head coach Greg Schiano dispute on Tuesday following practice? What injured Bucs are still sidelined? Get the answers to these questions and more in this daily feature, The Bucs News To Know from PewterReport.com.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday, August 20:
Practice began at 8:45 a.m. under sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players donned full pads for Tuesday’s practice, which was closed to the media after the first 30 minutes.
• Buccaneers left guard Carl Nicks has suffered a setback in his recovery as a blister on his foot became infected. Nicks did not practice on Monday or Tuesday and his situation will be monitored on a day-by-day basis. Some reports say Nicks could be out as long as month.
Head coach Greg Schiano responded to another report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that said the blister was on the same toe as the one injured and that was surgically repaired.
“I already told you guys that yesterday. I told you it was on a different part of the foot. … That’s more than I probably should tell you. Right, is that accurate? I shouldn’t be telling you on what body (part). Really, I could say, ‘It’s a body part. It’s a foot.’ But I told you that it’s not on the big toe. Asking me again, we haven’t had that yet since I’ve been here. I told you yesterday that it’s not on the toe, the surgically repaired toe.”
• Kicker Lawrence Tynes, signed just before camp after incumbent Connor Barth was lost for the season with an Achilles injury, is still not practicing, and Schiano said it is hurting the team.
“It’s having an impact on a lot of things,” Schiano said. “We have one kicker in camp, basically, for the entire camp. So he has been doing all the kicking. Now his leg is getting tired as well.”
Schiano also indicated that the Buccaneers may be bringing in some additional kicking help this week.
• Fullback Eric Lorig is also not practicing because of a foot injury, and that also is having an impact on personnel.
"We’ll have a lot of different combinations when we want to be two-back-, because you’re right,” Schiano said. “Right now Lorig is still in a boot. Spencer (Larsen) has not been full go. He’s had some issues. I think today he may have done more than he’s done in the last week. So we do it with tight ends, with (Brian) Leonard. Mike James has done some. But it’s certainly not ideal. It’s not what the plan was. We did want to work more tight ends in there, but that was going to be more of a strategic thing than a must-have to do, so that’s not a great situation right now.
• Bucs running back Michael Smith was unable to get any carries in the second half because he suffered a toe injury after ripping off a 63-yard kickoff return against New England in the first quarter. Smith was seen walking through the locker room with a boot on his foot.
• Bucs wide receiver Tiquan Underwood (knee) practiced on Tuesday, but wide receiver Chris Owusu (ankle) and cornerback Danny Gorrer (ankle) did not practice and are day-to-day.
TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers announced the signing of former Patriots Trevor Scott on Tuesday.
Scott (6-5, 260) comes to the Buccaneers after playing for the New England Patriots last season, where he recorded 14 tackles and 3.0 sacks. Scott spent the first four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. The five-year veteran has played in 72 games, with 18 starts, totaling 111 tackles, 16.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed.
A native of Potsdam, New York, Scott played collegiately at the University at Buffalo. He entered the NFL as a sixth round selection (169th overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 2008.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• The Jeff Demps saga continues to play out, with very few certainties. On Tuesday Schiano appeared to not be concerned one way or the other.
“Supposedly, he’s coming, I don’t know,” Schiano said. “I don’t worry about guys who aren’t here. Guys that aren’t here, they can’t help us. He can’t help us win right now. So he’s not helping us get better right now. He’s running track somewhere. So if he’s going to do that, when he gets here, if he can help us win, he’ll be part of it. If he gets here, and he can’t help us win, he can go back and run track. We’re here to win games, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
• Schiano also responded to the criticism Freeman has received this preseason, both locally and even by some nationally.
“Different criticism other than the offseason?” Schiano said. “There is a new one today? I’m not even aware of that. That is how much I live in this bunker. One Buc Bunker. Nothing surprises me. Trust me. That goes with being the quarterback, the head coach. Probably the quarterback even more than the head coach is open to a lot of that. Nothing would surprise me. But the only thing he needs to know is the only people that really matter are his teammates, his coach and his owners and the management. Those are the only people that make the decisions around here. He just needs to keep going. And I think he has had a really good camp so far."BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Before, Freeman he was our leader, but now it's just like he's really taking control. You can hear him, ‘Listen we’re not doing that, we're doing this.’ You can hear it out there on the field. You can see his focus. I heard that someone had something not too nice to say about my quarterback and I'm not going to feed that crowd. I don't like it. If you can hear me I don't like it. I hope I don't see you.” Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on critics of Josh Freeman
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. in preparation for Saturday night’s preseason matchup on the road against the Dolphins.
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