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Cornerback E.J. Biggers made good use of time while injured



Cornerback E.J. Biggers’ last game for the Bucs came in the 2011 finale.

He entered training camp looking to build on his promising offseason performance, only to be injured in the very first practice on July 27.

The broken foot he suffered that day has kept him out ever since, but Biggers says he’s now physically ready to play. If coaches see fit – they haven’t told him yet – Biggers will return to the field on Sunday against the Redskins.

The team’s third cornerback the past two seasons, Biggers has had an important role in the defense. But will be ready given the new defensive system and all these weeks on the sideline?

He has no doubt.

“I kept myself in the film room and the coaches kept me in all the meetings,” Biggers said. “I did everything the team was doing. I just couldn’t go on the field. It’s about keeping your mind into it. Derrick Brooks told me that when he came out here one day. As long as you keep your mind at the speed of the game, your body is going to follow.

“It made a lot of sense. And hearing it from somebody like him and Ronde Barber and all these guys, that went a long way. It’s easy for someone, when you get hurt, to take yourself out of everything and worry about it when you come back. But I stayed in it so whenever the team put me back out there, I would be ready to help the team.”

Biggers’ loss was compounded by cornerback Anthony Gaitor’s lingering hamstring injury. He’s taken a step backward in his recovery and has been unable to practice this week.

The addition of veteran Brandon McDonald reduced the need to press Biggers back into service to quickly, but the Bucs still think he’s an asset and have plans to use him.

Now that he’s practiced for two weeks, he might finally get the call. And if his preparation was successful, he might be able to help the Bucs.

[Last modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 2:53pm]


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