Bucs preparing to play without injured Wright, won't comment on suspension
Eric Wright spent practice Monday pedaling a stationary bicycle, watching his teammates’ preparations for their upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders. Likewise, the Bucs weren’t in a position to move forward with their soon-to-be suspended cornerback.
Coach Greg Schiano opened his press conference by saying league rules prohibit the team from commenting on a story that Wright is facing a four-game suspension for using Adderall.
In fact, Schiano said Wright was unable to practice due to an Achilles injury he suffered in Thursday night’s 36-17 win at Minnesota Thursday.
Fox NFL insider Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Wright is facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall, a stumulant that is considered a performance enhancing drug unless prescribed by a physician.
Wright would be the second Bucs cornerback to be suspended for Adderall. Aqib Talib is scheduled to return from his four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on PED's Nov. 5. Since neither the league nor the Bucs will comment on the case, it's likely that it is being appealed by Wright.
“Before we get started, with the story that broke yesterday in reference to Eric Wright, per the league guidelines, I really can’t discuss it and neither can Eric,'' Schiano said at the start of his press conference Monday. "I’m not trying to be evasive at all, but that’s what comes down from the league and that’s where I’m going to be.
“You saw he was on the bike. He has an Achilles (injury) coming out of the game that is a little bit of a concern. Didn’t know about it after the game, really didn’t know about it until recently. But I think the injury, he’ll be okay, but I can’t predict.''
Schiano said the Bucs' depth at cornerback could be tested against the Raiders. The likely replacement for Wright would be former Largo High star Leonard Johnson, who started Thursday night's game against the Vikings as the nickel corner and recorded an interception.
“I just think he competed. You know?'' Schiano said. "The stage doesn’t get a lot bigger in a regular season than a national television game against a team that’s doing well offensively. And Leonard, it wasn’t too big for him. I think that’s the best thing. He competed, he made some plays. He had an interception. He really, that other one, take a look at it, it’s up for discussion, too. Two really big-time plays and then other ones that go unnoticed, the ones where he does his job.''
With both starting cornerbacks likely suspended for the same drug, Schiano was asked if he believed the team had a problem with Adderall use?
“No,’’ Schiano said.