Tampa Bay finishes the preseason this Thursday night against the Redskins with a number of questions still to answer. What is the latest on the Carl Nicks injury? Who may take his place if he isn't ready for the season opener? What did Greg Schiano have to say about QB Josh Freeman? Find out here in the daily News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buccaneer Place on Tuesday, August 27:
The Buccaneers took the field under warm sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80’s. The players practiced in full pads for Tuesday’s workout as they begin preparation for Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium.
• Wide receiver Chris Owusu (ankle), cornerback Danny Gorrer (groin), safety Dashon Goldson, and defensive end Aaron Morgan were held out on Tuesday.
Morgan, Owusu, and Goldson were seen riding the stationary bikes during the first 30 minutes of practice allowed to be viewed by the media.
Head coach Greg Schiano told the media that Goldson riding the bike had nothing to do with injury.
He's okay,” Schiano said. “Really, with Dashon to learn the system, he's gotten maximum reps everyday and we're just giving him a little rest. He had to do what he had to do because as a safety you are making all the calls everyone had to get used to him communicating so I think it's a good thing.”
• Fullback Erik Lorig was back on the practice field for the first time in several days after missing a good part of camp with a leg injury.
“For part of practice (Lorig participated),” Schiano said. “He didn't do everything. We're going to ease him back into it. Because you know, last time he came back he had a setback so we want to make sure we don't have that again.”
• Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes continue to battle MRSA infections. On Tuesday Schiano talked about their health and how they are progressing.
“Responding well,” Schiano said. “Carl (Nicks) I know more about since he is here. Carl is healing up. Timline I don't know. I can't put a definite date on that but he is healing and he is recovering. With Lawrence, he's not in town. But everything that can be done is being done to make sure that everybody recovers.”
TAMPA BAY’S ROSTER MOVES
• The Buccaneers didn’t announce any roster moves on Tuesday.
• On Monday the Buccaneers waived former USF and Browns wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, defensive end Ernest Owusu, quarterback Adam Weber former Seminole defensive end Markus White, and released wide receiver Derek Hagan, fullback Spencer Larsen and safety Troy Nolan.
Tampa Bay also placed Anthony Gaitor (torn ACL) and running back Michael Smith (torn ligament – foot) on injured reserve and signed tight end Mike Shanahan.
BUCS DEPTH CHART MOVES
• With Carl Nicks sidelined recovering from a MRSA infection, the Buccaneers played Gabe Carimi at guard last week against Miami. Nicks timetable to return in unknown at this point and Schiano was asked if Carimi at guard is something the Bucs are considering.
“It is viable,” Schiano said. “He looked like a guy who has not played a lot of guard lately, especially on the left side. The things that you see that you like, you say, ‘Now that’s good.’ He’s a big, strong man that gets movement and doesn’t get moved back. There are some other things that we’ve got to fix, work on, get him more comfortable with. But yeah, it’s a viable option, for sure. There are some other ones as well. Once we get through this game, we’ll sort it out and figure out what the line is.”THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC PLACE
• It was revealed on Tuesday cornerback Danny Gorrer had surgery to repair his injured groin suffered in Tampa Bay’s first preseason game against the Ravens.
“The one other guy you should know about is Danny Gorrer,” Schiano said. “He had groin surgery and he'll be well. It's not something that's season ending or anything but he'll be (out) a little bit."
• Schiano also revealed that most likely Mike Glennon will get the start Thursday night against the Redskins.
"Mike is going to play a lot. Is he the starter, probably. Unless for some other reason we want to do something else. But he’s probably the starter. And we want Mike to keep getting repetitions. Dan obviously is a multi-year vet and he’s had a lot of repetitions. They’ll both play well."
• A number of fans would like to see Freeman get work Thursday against the Redskins, especially after his 6-for-16 performance Saturday night against the Dolphins but Schiano didn’t appear overly concerned when speaking to the media on Tuesday.
"Well I don't think you could assume his confidence is shaken,” Schiano said. “I'm not sure it is to tell you the truth. I think he felt – one of the things I said is that he saw things very well. That's two part. One, everytime he came to the sideline he could tell me what happened. Sometimes, a quarterback comes to the sideline, 'What happened?' 'I don't know he hit me in the back of the head.' Well then you don't know. He knew what happened. He knew what happened down the field. He knew where he wanted to go with the ball. Sometimes he didn't have time.
“When you watch it on tape, then what you do as a coach you write those things down and remember them and you watch it on tape and sure enough what he thought he saw is what he saw. And to me, as long as he seeing, we'll get better protection and we'll get the ball out of his hand and we won't drop him.”BUCS QUOTE OF THE DAY
“So I think in his (Freeman’s) mind he feels more comfortable than he's ever felt in this offense since he's been part of it. Again, I think he is going to be fine. We had real good work today and he's getting it against the first team defense. It's high speed and all the things we do are game time situations. It's not the same as a game I'm agreeing with you on that but he'll be fine.” – Schiano on quarterback Josh Freeman
TAMPA BAY’S NEXT PRACTICE
The Buccaneers will be back in action on Wednesday for a short walk-through practice that will begin at 8:45, as they put final touches on their preparation for Thursday’s final preseason game against the Redskins.
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