Bucs depth in the secondary is evaporating due to injuries
The main pieces of the Bucs rebuilt secondary still are in place with Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron and Jonathan Banks.
But there aren't many spare parts behind them.
On Tuesday, coach Greg Schiano said cornerback Danny Gorrer underwent surgery to repair a groin tear, although the injury is not considered season-ending. He could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and become eligible to play after six weeks of the regular season.
Cornerback Anthony Gaitor was placed on Injured Reserve Monday after tearing his ACL in Saturday's 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Both Gorrer and Gaitor were expected to make the 53-man roster.
"I don't know who was going to make the team, so I don't want to go there,'' Schiano said. "I do think that we had depth and now we don't. We have enough right now. But you lose any more, it's going to get dicey. Not dicey like last year dicey, but that last year has put us in a better position for now.''
The Bucs still have a battle going on for the third cornerback spot between Leonard Johnson and Michael Adams, who played well againt the Dolphins.
One of the byproducts of the Bucs' losing Aqib Talib and Eric Wright to suspension last season is that it gave young players such as Gorrer and Johnson experience.
"I think they're all at different stages of development,'' Schiano said. "Mike is a veteran player and I think as a group, they're playing well. The one thing that's a positive is that there's not balls flying over corners' heads. So they maybe make some catches underneath but they're tackling. If can keep balls from flying over your head, you've got a chance to be in every game.''