How are Bucs' injured players coming along?
The Bucs sustained their fair share of key injuries during the 2011 season, and many important players ended the season on injured reserved.
As the offseason progresses, we hope to learn more about how specific players are faring in their recoveries. But, for now, coach Greg Schiano says his injured players are where they need to be.
"Todd Toriscelli, our trainer, has kept me up to speed," Schiano said. "I think everybody is coming along at a good rate. There are no red flags where I am really concerned. But you know how that is. That is day-to-day."
Among the key injured players last season were four starters: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (torn biceps), safety Cody Grimm (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring) and safety Tanard Jackson (hamstring, shoulder).
We know that McCoy and Grimm have made encouraging progress. McCoy has been in San Diego working out this offseason with renowned trainer Todd Durkin in spite of his biceps surgery. He'll presumably be further along in his recovery this time around (he suffered the same injury in 2010) because this one occurred earlier in the season. Grimm was fortunate enough he did not tear his ACL, meaning he faced somewhat of an easier recovery. I would not anticipate any major issues with either player come training camp.
The statuses of Talib and Jackson are less clear, but their injuries aren't believed to have been major, either.
As the offseason progresses, we'll learn more. But, based on what we currently know, the Bucs should be confident that injuries won't be an issue heading into the 2012 season.