What players were limited in participation on Wednesday? Which other Bucs DB was fined for an illegal hit? What did a number of players have to say about the recent rash of media reports? Get these answers and more in toda'ys Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday, September 18:
• Practice began at 11:45 a.m. under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 90’s at One Buccaneer Place. The players were in full pads for the two-hour workout.BUCS INJURIES
• Head coach Greg Schiano divulged that defensive tackle Derek Landri has an MCL injury and will miss significant time.
“Derek is hurt,” Schiano said. “[Derrick] has an MCL; he’s going to be out for a little bit. He’ll be back. He has been getting a lot of snaps, but he won’t be for a while now.”
• The Carl Nicks watch continued again, but Schiano said the Bucs All-Pro guard is getting closer to returning to game action.
“Too early to make that declaration,” Schiano said. “But it was good to see him in pads, it’s been a while. Now we’ll wake up tomorrow with hopefully hearts, hope he responds well, just have to wait and see.”
• The Bucs released their injury report Wednesday afternoon with the following players listed: CB Michael Adams (knee) OL Gabe Carimi(illness) both did not participate. DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), TE Tom Crabtree (ankle), LB Mason Foster (toe), CB Rashaan Melvin (hamstring), G Carl Nicks (toe) and TE Luke Stocker (hip) all were limited on Wednesday.• TAMPA BAY ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers did not announce any roster moves on Wednesday.THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• Safety Ahmad Black added his name to the list of lockers that have received FedEx packages from the league in the last two weeks.
Black was fined $21,000 for his hit on New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham during Sunday’s 16-14 loss.
Black joined Dashon Goldson who has now donated $130,000 to various NFL charities with fines assessed so far this season. Linebacker Lavonte David was fined $7875 for a late hit on Jets QB Geno Smith and Adrian Clayborn sent out cryptic tweets on Tuesday indicated he was also fined.
• Over the last 10 days a number of reports have been circulating about several topics but many dealing with internal strife inside the locker room
Earlier in the week report surfaces that cornerback Darrelle Revis was unhappy he was not playing more man coverage and also not pleased with Schiano’s coaching style.
Revis spoke to the media on Wednesday and it was no big deal.
“I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,” Revis said. “Those things in the paper do get out, rumors here and there, I just wanted to make sure ... I wanted to talk to him personally. To say, ‘Hey, just to let you know, I don’t know if you know or if you believe it or not, just to make sure he saw me, it's a tough time for this team, we’re 0-2, and we don’t want any distractions, so we want to focus and prepare for the team at hand each week.”
Schiano also said that there was no big issue and really wasn’t even necessary for Revis to seek him out.
“That was very brief, and very nice of him to come up,” Schiano said. “It wasn’t necessary. There’s a lot of stuff floating around I guess, and he said, ‘Coach I just want to set it straight.’ It was good to see him, but really not necessary. I told him ‘I love coaching here, (he said) I love playing here, let’s go’. It was good that he came up, it wasn’t requested, it was on him.”
Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn said the reports are overblown and without merit.
“I think [the media] is building all the drama,” Penn said. “We’re good inside these walls. There’s no drama. Everybody’s getting along well. We lost two close ones and [the media] is trying to throw the kitchen sink at us. We lost two close ones. We should be 2-0, but we’re not. That’s the fact of it. We’ve got to get better. There’s no drama. I think everybody is making up stuff trying to bring us down.”
Receiver Mike Williams also was critical of the reports and the motives behind them.
“It seems like everybody’s talking and [reports are that] everybody’s down and this player [wants to be traded],” Williams said. “We try to get it out the window and in order for us to do that we have to win. If we win you won’t hear all the talking and a lot of this stuff goes out the window. If we want it to shut up we’ve got to win.”
“We don’t really question [where the rumors are coming from]. We look at it as you guys looking into the story. You guys (the media) are just going out and doing your job, I guess.”BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We have to stop hurting ourselves. We can’t blame it on the refs. We have to do different things to stop hurting ourselves. We had a lot of penalties the last two weeks. We have to cut down on that. As an offense we have to sustain drives longer. Every opportunity we have we can’t let it slide by. We have to make it more comfortable for Free out there and build on the running game.” – Donald Penn on the Bucs 0-2 startTAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers return to the practice field on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. as they continue their preparation for Sunday’s road trip to New England to face the Patriots.
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