Bucs' Clayborn on the mend, Revis continues progress
That noise you heard was Bucs coach Greg Schiano exhaling.
Schiano learned after Adrian Clayborn’s groin injury on Wednesday that the starting right defensive end won’t be out long.
“It’s going to be a few days, but it’s not as bad as I originally thought,” Schiano said. “(Trainers) seem to think it won’t be as bad.”
The Bucs can ill afford to deal with another injury to a key player, not with a number of starters coming off season-ending injuries in 2012 that continue to limit their activity level even now.
Even though it appears a small setback, the injury will slow Clayborn’s rapid recovery from his torn ACL last season. Clayborn was much further along than some other players coming off injury, including cornerback Darrelle Revis and guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph.
“He was hardly limited at all,” Schiano said of Clayborn. “He was probably working at about 80 percent of the reps with the first team guys.”
Meanwhile, the Bucs continue to be encouraged by Revis’ progress. His workload was ramped up again today for the second consecutive day, and trainers are anxious to see whether his surgically-repaired knee responds well to the punishment. That will help determine whether it’s wise for the Bucs to continue accelerating his timeline.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow after stacking two days in a row,” Schiano said.
The challenge with Revis is determining when he’s ready to advance to the next steps of his program, and when to back off, if necessary.
“When you press (receivers) and you torque, and your hands are on a guy and your legs are twisting, that’s different than running footwork drills,” Schiano said. “I think there’s steps and we just have to continue taking those steps. That’s why (when asked) will he play in the preseason or won’t he? How do you know? Because any one of these thresholds could – we’re hoping not but it could – push back on you and then you have to slow down.”