Penn to miss several weeks with a calf strain
Bucs tackle Donald Penn will miss several weeks of training camp with a calf strain, coach Greg Schiano said Thursday.
Penn became hurt working out in Los Angeles and notified the Bucs about his injury several days ago. He has been working with trainers at One Buc Place the past few days but will not be able to start training camp with the rest of the players.
"Not sure exactly how long that will be (or) keep him from participating,'' Schiano said. "...maybe a couple weeks and we'll play it by ear.''
Penn is not alone. Schiano said several players failed the Bucs conditioning test, which consists of 16, 110-yard sprints. The drive is designed to resemble a 16-play drive. He declined to name the players who did not pass, but said some won't be allowed to practice until they reach a certain conditioning level.
"I won't get into the specifics of exactly what is going to be done for guys who didn't meet the minimum standard,'' Schiano said. "Because we do, we have a minimum standard and if it's not met, then there's consequences. But until I talk to the players about it, it just took place, until I tell all the individual players about it, God-willing, I'm not going anywhere, I'll be here tomorrow and we can talk about it at length.
"That's something we do. I think you play your way into football shape once you get to training camp, but you have to have a base level of cardiovascular conditioning to be able to play your way into football shape. Body weight is another thing I think is important. We give goal weights that you come to that weight scientifically through body fat and those kinds of things. I think we're pretty good. You're never perfect, that's the nature of putting together 90 guys. But overall, I was pleased with the reporting weights.''
Demar Dotson and Jamon Meredith will replace Pann at left tackle.
Schiano said players are grouped by skilled positions, combo and line. "You have to make a certain time with a rest ratio,'' Schiano said. "It's not easy, it's not impossible. It's a test that allows us to get a clear measure of cardiovascular conditioning. You have to train for it or you're not going to pass it.''
"Really, what it does it that it makes training camp harder on those guys,'' Schiano said. "There's additional things they have to do. There's conditional things they have to do. Training camp is hard enough. Really, there's a limited amount of effort and energy that guys can supply so when some of it has to go to this extra conditioning or supplemental conditioning, it's not going to football. So that's what I don't like there.
Schiano said players were told of the conditioning test prior to Thursday. Schiano was asked if some players won't be permitted to practice until they pass the conditioning test.
"There will be some of that probably,'' Schiano said.