Here is what you need to know about what happened at One Buc Place on Wednesday October 16:PRACTICE CONDITIONS
• The Buccaneers began practice at 11:55 under partly cloudy skies and a light breeze on Wednesday.BUCS INJURIES
• Wide receiver Mike Williams, who missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a hamstring injury, practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, but head coach Greg Schiano didn’t give any indication if Williams may be able to play at Atlanta on Sunday.
• Guard Davin Joseph was not at practice on Wednesday and Schiano said it is too early to tell if he will be able to be a go against the Falcons.
“Davin is going to be okay I believe” Schiano said. “He just got hit in the game, and we thought he’d be able to practice today, he didn’t feel quite right, but hopefully he can practice tomorrow.”
Schiano revealed Joseph suffered a knee injury against Philadelphia, but indicated it was not the same knee that cost him the entire 2012 season.ROSTER MOVES
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today they have promoted wide receiver Skye Dawson to the 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad.
Dawson (5-9, 183) joins the Buccaneers active roster after having spent the first six weeks of the season on the team’s practice squad. Dawson, a rookie, played collegiately at Texas Christian, participating in 49 games, with 13 starts. A native of Mesquite, Texas, Dawson recorded 91 career receptions for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns, while also returning 30 punts for 224 yards and earning All-Big 12 honors as a returner his senior season. He will wear No. 18.
In addition, cornerback Danny Gorrer has returned to practice. Gorrer was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 13.
The team also announced that its signed tackle Emmett Cleary and defensive back Nick Saenz to it practice squad and released tackle Randy Richards from the practice squad.
THE BIG NEWS AT ONE BUC
• Last season the Buccaneers played a majority of their season without guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks, and actually no games with both in the lineup at the same time. This season they have played in a total of two games with each other and it is anyone’s guess how many more they may be on the field together for in 2013.
Head coach Greg Schiano confirmed a report from Tuesday about Nicks.
Carl [Nicks] wasn’t here today, they decided they were going to do surgery last night, so they did surgery and he’s doing well. That’s why Carl wasn’t here.”
It was revealed last week that Nicks MRSA infection has returned. Schiano did not have a timetable for his return and said the scramble is on to try and figure out an offensive line combination for Sunday’s NFC South matchup with the Falcons.
“Just trying different combinations,” Schiano said. “We’ll figure it out by the end of the week, what the best combination is. Carl wasn’t here today, they decided they were going to do surgery last night, so they did surgery and he’s doing well. That’s why Carl wasn’t here.”
On Wednesday guard Ted Larsen had moved to center and Jeremy Zuttah was playing left guard for Nicks. Gabe Carimi, who played left guard the first two games of the season in place of Nicks, was lining up in place of Joseph at right guard.
Schiano said despite the frustrations of the offensive line injuries, it’s part of coaching.
“It is what it is,” Schiano said. “That’s life in the NFL, we have to figure it out, and get the best five out there. We have to get the quarterback protected, and the running game blocked up. There hasn’t been a lot of continuity there; every team is going through their issues, whether it’s on the lone, receiving, defense. You have to find a way to get it done, and that’s what we need to do this week.”
• Falcons head coach Mike Smith joined the local media for a conference call on Wednesday and said while he knows many expected the Bucs to be better than their 0-5 record, these things are part of life in the NFL.
“Nothing surprises me in the NFL in terms of what a team’s record is,” Smith said. “The difference between the No. 1 team and the No. 32 team in the NFL is that there is not a whole lot of difference in terms of the talent level. Tampa Bay has played some really tough games this year, in terms of not getting the outcome that they want. They play tough, and played some really close games.
“Like many teams in the NFL, a majority of the teams, I think they’re very talented. Their defense is playing outstanding, their defensive front creates issues because of the style of play that they play, they’re not necessarily real big, but their athletic and penetrating, and can cause issues. Their linebackers are very athletic, and can run and hit. The two safeties they have are as good as any in the NFL, and they are playing very good football on the defensive side when you watch the tape.”QUOTE OF THE DAY
“That’s one of the great parts of this. I’m going to go out there and put my best foot forward but at the end of the day, how lucky am I that I’m one of 32 guys in the world that gets to do something that I’ve been dreaming of doing and a million other kids have been dreaming of doing their whole lives. It’s a pretty neat thing to go out there and run on that field and know that I’m one of only 32 people in the world that gets to do this. I don’t pay attention to that stuff (media, critics). I couldn’t tell you one article that’s written on me. I don’t look at that. I just know to stay away from it, because it won’t do me any good.” – QB Mike Glennon on what it is like to play in the NFL WHAT’S NEXT FOR TAMPA BAY
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field on at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday as they continue their preparations for Sunday’s game at Atlanta.
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