Clearing up the curious case of Bucs defensive lineman Brian Price
Defensive tackle Brian Price, who was struggling emotionally and physically after the death of his older sister last month, was not participating in Tuesday’s practice. And after a cryptic answer about his absence from coach Greg Schiano, you got the sense Price might be dealing with an injury of some kind associated with his history of pelvic and hamstring issues.
“It may be related to that,” Schiano said. “I don’t think it’s that specifically, but he’s had some issues. Hopefully that will work itself out.”
As it turns out, we’ve learned Price isn’t actually hurt. Instead, he’s working out and rehabbing with a California-based trainer in an effort to get himself into optimum health and playing condition, something he hasn’t enjoyed since before he was drafted in 2010.
Schiano couldn’t say whether Price would be in attendance for next week’s mandatory minicamp, but it’s possible Price will continue on his current plan with the team’s blessing.
The goal is to get Price playing at the level the Bucs projected he could before making him a second-round pick. His extensive pelvic operation in 2010 and the team’s decision to immediately throw him into action upon returning in 2011 has prevented that thus far.
But if Price’s rehab with trainer Alex Guerrero – who has worked with the likes of Tom Brady and LaDainian Tomlinson – is successful, Price should be in the best shape he’s been in since his college days.
Price labored through 2011 overweight – because of the inactivity brought about by the injury – and, at times, in pain. But he’s hoping 2012 is the season in which he finally is able to turn things around.