Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis said that whether he will play or not on Sunday in Tampa Bay’s 2011 season opener against Detroit will be a game-time decision. Lewis, who is in his second year after being drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round in 2010, missed the first two preseason games in August due to a hamstring strain, but sprained his ankle in the first quarter of the preseason finale at Washington and had to leave the game.
“We’ll just go with the flow and see what happens,” Lewis said. “It’s a little ankle sprain. Hopefully I’ll be better real soon.
“Pretty much, it’ll be what’s best for me. I don’t want to go out there and put bad stuff on film. If I’m not able to go out there, I’ll give the [opportunity] to the guys behind me and I’m going to support my teammates.”
Aside from starting cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib, the Bucs will have E.J. Biggers, who is the team’s nickel corner, Elbert Mack and rookie Anthony Gaitor at their disposal on Sunday against the Lions if Lewis cannot play.
Lewis has been injured for most of his brief tenure in Tampa Bay. An abdominal injury he suffered during the rookie mini-camp caused him to miss the OTAs (organized team activities) and mandatory mini-camp. A previous hamstring injury caused him to miss more time in training camp as well as last preseason.
“I think I need a little rabbit’s foot or a four-leaf clover by my side,” Lewis said. “It’s part of the game. Eventually, I’ll get over that hump and then I’ll put forth that good effort on the field and show everybody that they drafted me for a good reason.”
Here is Wednesday’s injury report for the Bucs vs. Lions game:
LG Ted Larsen (ankle) - full participation
CB Myron Lewis (ankle) - did not participate
LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring) - limited participation
DT Nick Fairley (foot) - did not practice
OT Jason Fox (foot) - did not practice
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury related) - did not practice
CB Alphonso Smith (foot) - limited practice
DT Andre Fluellen (hand) - full practice
RB Maurice Morris (hand) - full practice