Banks, Williams sidelined with slight hamstring strains
The list of Bucs injuries continues to grow, as receiver Mike Williams left Friday's practice with a slight hamstring strain, coach Greg Schiano said.
Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks didn't participate, doing work on a side field, as he's dealing with the same injury. Coach Greg Schiano wasn't concerned, saying they're "just general strains" of camp, though it's possible they won't return to practice until after Sunday's team off-day.
DE Adrian Clayborn (groin) did not practice for the second straight day, joining the likes of DT Gary Gibson, DT Derek Landri on the stationary bikes.
Today was a scheduled off-day for CB Darrelle Revis, who did strengthening work inside.
*The defense ruled Friday's practice, including stopping the offense on all three two-minute drill attempts. S Mark Barron had a pass-breakup in the end zone on a QB Mike Glennon pass. "The defense is starting to really understand that whole concept of red zone defense," Schiano said. "We've got to keep getting better, but it's a step in the right direction."
*Both QB Josh Freeman and Glennon had their moments, but there were a lot of drops by receivers, including WR Vincent Jackson and RB Doug Martin in one red zone drill.
*Rookie DT Akeem Spence said Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy was the first veteran to pick up his pads and take them in after practice, a task usually done by rookies. He said McCoy has really helped him along. McCoy raved about Spence's strength and work, saying the rookie - who could start at the tilted nose spot - is the "Mike Williams of this year's draft" in terms of impact.
*RT Demar Dotson continues to have a good camp, looking like he wants to hold onto his starting spot. Schiano said Dotson has made steady improvement the past few years, as the former basketball player overcame the odds to play in the NFL, and could be "special" if he keeps it up. Dotson said he wants to be the best right tackle in the league.