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Cornerback Anthony Gaitor getting closer to 2012 debut



Cornerback Anthony Gaitor finally returned to practice today, putting him closer to a return from a hamstring strain that has kept him out of all four regular-season games.

Gaitor isn’t necessarily going to play on Sunday, but it’s a step in the right direction after weeks of sitting on the sidelines.

“I’m getting there,” Gaitor said. “It’s the first day. We’re lucky we have an extra day this week. So I’ll come in (Tuesday), get some more treatment, go out and run a little bit more and then take it from there.

“My main focus was to get healthy. There’s no sense in me rushing. If I’m not healthy, I can’t help the team. And with the position I play, I have to turn and run and have quick movements. You want to take it one day at a time. That injury is nothing to play with.”

Gaitor’s impending return might prompt a mild shakeup in the secondary. CB Myron Lewis has been in a tenuous position, remaining inactive for two of the first four games. Rookie Leonard Johnson is another who could be vulnerable.

The Bucs currently seven cornerbacks on their roster.

[Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 6:05pm]


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