By Tom Krasniqi (Twitter: @TKras)
Training camp has broken up. The stands surrounding the playing fields at One Buc Place have been taken down. You know what that means. The regular season is fast approaching for the 2013 Buccaneers.
The big question now is: What’s going on with prized cornerback Darrelle Revis and when will he be ready for game action? The Bucs play their 3rd preseason game Saturday in Miami. That’s usually the dress rehearsal for the regular season. Head coach Greg Schiano was uncertain about Revis’ status.
“I don’t know,” Schiano said after Monday’s practice when asked if Revis would play against the Dolphins. “I just don’t feel like he has to. If he wants to because if he wants to do that….and if he wants to play in the Washington game [final preseason game] for that matter, I’m fine with it.”
In his own words, Revis took a “huge step” forward with his rehab on Monday. He took part in team drills and says his knee feels fine. “No soreness at the end of practice and no swelling. I think it’s a huge step,” Revis said. Revis says he matched up against Vincent Jackson at times during practice. His reps were limited and it was a no-contact day for Revis.
Schiano says they’re trying to ease Revis back in. “What we need to make sure is that when we do get him back to playing that’s it’s not full-bore, right out of the gate because he hasn’t trained to do that,” said Schiano. “We’re going to have to be smart. But I think we’ve handled that well and we just have to continue and so much of it depends on Darrelle’s feedback to us. He lets us know how he feels and we adjust accordingly. I can tell you, there’s nobody in the world who wants to play more than Darrelle Revis.”
Revis is anxious to get back but he knows the Bucs are taking a very cautious approach with their $96-million man. I asked Revis if he was confident about playing in the season opener against the Jets. “I’m confident. It’s day-to-day but I’m confident. It’s still weeks away and we still got time for my knee to get better and better. That’s how we have to approach it and look at it.”
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