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Myron Lewis' injury becoming more than a minor setback



Despite his nagging hamstring injury, the Bucs still have very high hopes for cornerback Myron Lewis, a third-round pick from Vanderbilt. And when you see him, it's easy to see why.

He is 6-2, lanky and a willing tackler who isn't afraid to mix things up.

But the question right now is when, exactly, are we going to be able to witness those skills? The Bucs continue to hold Lewis out of contact a week and a half into training camp, and the organization has basically made the decision not to play him Saturday night at Miami.

In the meantime, Elbert Mack and E.J. Biggers have been the benefactors. They are fighting it out over the nickel back job right now, with Biggers making an impressive push in the past week or so. Mack is the incumbent and will have to be beat out.

Lewis is keeping things in perspective, but it's obvious he knows he's missing valuable time. So, too, does coach Raheem Morris.

"He's missed a lot of time," Morris said Tuesday. "He's been here but he hasn't practiced. There's a little more concern there than I would be about (Brian) Price."

Price also has a hamstring injury but it doesn't seem to be as bad as Lewis'.

The good news is that there's plenty of time before the season opener. The bad news is that this is, perhaps, the most critical time of year for rookies. Lewis preferably needs to get into preseason action next week against Kansas City. The following week, in the third preseason game against Jacksonville, the starters will play at least a half or more, leaving fewer reps for the youngsters.

So, keep an eye on Lewis' condition as it will have plenty to do with how much you see him at the start of the regular season.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:40pm]


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