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Revis injury 'way better,' but questionable versus Panthers

Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis says his groin strain is 'way better,' and practiced in a limited capacity for the first time Friday but still is listed as questionable against the Carolina Panthers.

“I wish I could control injuries,'' Revis said. "But I can’t control my injury and when I feel ready to go, that’s when it’s time for me to go out there and play.

"It will probably be a game-time decision. I’ll probably have to get out there a little earlier and try to run and see how I feel when I cut and when I move...It’s better. It’s way better. It was a strained muscle and luckily it wasn’t anything more than that or anything serious. It’s good. It’s been day by day and limited today. Hopefully the rest of the day today and tomorrow I’ll get a lot more rest and move forward to Sunday.''

Revis, who was unable to play in the second half of last Sunday's 24-21 win at Detroit, held Panthers receiver Steve Smith to four catches for 42 yards in the Bucs 31-13 loss at Raymond James Stadium Oct. 24. While Smith has not had as much as 70 yards receiving in any game this season, Revis says he's still the player that gets the Panthers going.

 

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Revis status could be a game time decision Sunday at Carolina

The earliest the Bucs may know whether Darrelle Revis will play against the Carolina Panthers may be Sunday when he tests his groin strain by running around Bank of America Stadium.

Revis participated in a walk-through but did not practice on Thanksgiving for the second straight day since suffering the injury near the end of the first half in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions.

"We'll know more tomorrow,'' coach Greg Schiano said. "It is an injury where rest helps it. So we're hopeful. But until you get out there and do it after the rest, you don't know. So we'll see. And it could be one of those deals where you go out Sunday and run around and see how it feels.''

If Revis cannot play, the Bucs will have to make a decision on whether to transfer his assignment to rookie Johnthan Banks and have him shadow Panthers receicer Steve Smith. In their first meeting, a 31-13 win by the Panthers Oct. 24, Smith was held to four catches for 42 yards. …

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Revis just 'day-to-day' with groin injury

TAMPA -- Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis did not practice Wednesday, but his prognosis for playing Sunday at Carolina is encouraging as Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he's "day-to-day."

"Revis will be day-to-day," said Schiano, whose team played without its top corner in the second half of Sunday's win at Detroit. "That should tell you ... it's not real bad. Will he play Sunday? I don't know. We've got to figure that out. That's why he's day-to-day."

Revis said he "tweaked" the injury late in the second quarter Sunday, which saw him lining up against Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson. Rookie Johnthan Banks filled in for him after the injury and held his own, and Schiano said the team is working on defensive game plans both with and without Revis.

"There are certain matchups we'll do with him. Will we do them without him? I don't know," Schiano said. "That's a decision we're going to have to make. You're going to have to have plenty of contingencies, because it could happen the first play of the game as well." …

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Bucs' Glennon, David pick up NFL honors

Riding a three-game winning streak, the Bucs are playing well enough to pick up league-wide honors, as quarterback Mike Glennon was announced Wednesday as the NFL's Rookie of the Month for November, while linebacker Lavonte David was honored as the NFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Glennon had a strong month, throwing for seven touchdowns and just one interception in four games, totaling 785 yards and completing 70.5 percent of his passes. In addition to wins against Miami, Atlanta and Detroit, the Bucs nearly won at Seattle, seeing a 21-0 lead disappear in an overtime loss. Glennon leads all rookies with 13 touchdown passes this season, setting the Bucs rookie record already as well.

David had a team-high 12 tackles in Sunday's win at Detroit, with his second interception of the season and a forced fumble as well. He's the only player in the NFL with at least 90 tackles, five sacks and an interception, showing his versatility in making a strong case for the Pro Bowl. …

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Goldson felt like 'a convict,' during suspension, vows to lower his target

Safety Dashon Goldson said he 'felt like a convict,' while serving a one-game suspension that prevented him from being at the Bucs' training facility or having any contact with players, coaches or trainers until Monday.

Appearing on his weekly radio show Tuesday night, Goldson vowed to work hard on lowering his target after being suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White Nov. 17. Goldson has been fined nearly $400,000 this season for personal fouls resulting from illegal hits to defenseless receivers. …

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Bucs Schiano sees Glennon as the long-term answer at QB

Assuming Greg Schiano remains as the head coach, the Bucs long-term answer at quarterback will be Mike Glennon.

"I think this is a guy that certainly, as long as he continues on this trajectory, is a guy you'd love to have as a quarterback for a long time,'' Schiano said.

In giving his strongest endorsement yet to Glennon Monday, Schiano highlighted two aspects of his play that is well beyond his years: his ability to protect the football and complete passes downfield.

In the past six games, Glennon has 10 touchdown passes and only one interception while completing 64 percent of his passes. He leads all rookies with 13 touchdown passes, two more than Josh Freeman's club rookie record in 2009.

Glennon's lone interception during the six-game stretch came in a 22-19 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football Nov. 11. His only other turnover during that period is when he was sacked by Atlanta safety William Moore and the fumble was returned for a touchdown by Thomas DeCoud in the a 31-23 loss to the Falcons Oct 20. …

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Revis having MRI on his injured groin but prognosis unknown

The Bucs could be without cornerback Darrelle Revis next week against the Carolina Panthers.

Revis was forced to miss the second half of Sunday's 24-21 win at Detroit with an injured groin after being in a man-to-man matchup with Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

Coach Greg Schiano said Revis was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday but the team is uncertain of the severity of the injury.

"It's a groin. I don't know the severity of it,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "It was severe enough, I know he wanted to play in that game desperately. That was a greatg matchyp and the first half felt like two championship fighters just feeling each other out. It was mostly jabs and it was going to be an interesting second half.

"The flip side to that is I'm really proud of Johnthan Banks. We weren't sure how we were going to do it. Were we going to totally go away from the the plan? Were we going to adjust the plan? We adjusted it a little bit but Johnthan stepped into Darrelle's role against one of thebest players to ever play that position and really did a really good job.'' …

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Bucs lose TE Crabtree for season with torn biceps

TAMPA -- The Bucs have lost tight end Tom Crabtree for the rest of the season after he tore his biceps muscle in Sunday's win against Detroit, coach Greg Schiano announced Monday.

"He'll have surgery this week and have it repaired," said Schiano, who does not yet know the severity of the groin injury that sidelined cornerback Darrelle Revis in the second quarter Sunday.

Crabtree, who started Sunday but has just four catches this season, is the third tight end the Bucs have placed on injured reserve, joining Luke Stocker and Nate Byham. His injury leaves Tampa Bay with only rookie Tim Wright at the position, so the team will sign a tight end in the next two days. The Bucs have rookie Matt Veldman, a 6-foot-7 target from North Dakota State, on the practice squad, or could go outside, having worked out former Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson earlier this month. …

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Catching up on Bucs' 24-21 win at Detroit

Back in Tampa and getting access to players and coaches around 2 today, but here's all your reading to catch up on from Sunday's 24-21 Bucs win in Detroit.

-- Here's Rick Stroud's game story, looking at the unsung group of backups in the defensive secondary -- I knew Kelcie McCray, but did you? -- who stepped up after Darrelle Revis' injury and helped the Bucs get their five takeaways, including the clinching INT in the final minute. A ton of great Daniel Wallace photos on that link as well. ...

-- Here's our video recap, with locker-room video and more Wallace photos from the game.

-- Gary Shelton writes about how Greg Schiano's fate has changed in these three wins, and doubts about his future and this being his team have gone away more with each victory.

-- Tom Jones offers up his two cents and wonders, if in May, if you're OK if Mike Glennon is your QB, Greg Schiano is your coach and the Bucs are picking eighth in the draft?

-- We posted them individually Sunday, but here's our wide-ranging Bucs notebook -- everything from Mike Glennon to Danny Gorrer's blocked punt to Keith Tandy's goal-line INT, from Rian Lindell's late misses to Leonard Johnson's pick-six.

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Same Glennon: Two TDs, no INTs, one win

DETROIT -- Eight games into his time as the Bucs starting quarterback, rookie Mike Glennon is developing a winning formula, passing less and limiting his mistakes while continuing to develop his deep ball on the way to surprising victories.

"I thought Mike Glennon did a very good job of taking care of the football," coach Greg Schiano said after a hard-fought 24-21 win at the Lions, his team's third straight victory. "He was fierce and held onnto the football and didn't force it. He took the shots when they were there and hit the deep hole which we needed to do. That was about the way we were going to be able to win that game and the guys played their guts out."

On a day where Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions, his most since his rookie year in 2009, it was Glennon who finished without an interception for the fifth time in six games. Add an 85-yard touchdown to Tiquan Underwood for the winning margin, and he finished an effective 14-for-21 for 247 yards and two more touchdowns, giving him a Bucs rookie record of 13 for the season. …

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TE Wright steps up for career-best eight catches

DETROIT -- In a game full of players stepping up because of injuries, the Bucs got a career-high eight catches from tight end Tim Wright, who played a bigger role after starter Tom Crabtree was lost to an arm injury.

Wright was busy from the start, however, catching Mike Glennon's first four completions on a first-quarter drive that gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead. Three of them came on conversions on third-down plays, including a 7-yard grab on third-and-5 and a 16-yard catch on third-and-6.

"I had to step up and be that guy. They were double-covering a couple of our guys, so when that happens, somebody's open," said Wright, a converted receiver who made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Rutgers. "When the ball is in the air and my number is called, I just feel like I have to go get it for my team."

Wright's 16-yard grab came literally on his back across the middle, and now has 34 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns, ranking second behind only receiver Vincent Jackson in all three statistical categories. …

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Two late misses by Lindell kept Lions close

DETROIT -- Just a week after ending a run of 13 successful field-goal attempts, Bucs kicker Rian Lindell struggled again Sunday, missing two kicks in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-21 win at the Lions.

Lindell, who hadn't missed over a span of six-plus games before last week, barely missed on a 35-yard attempt midway through the fourth quarter. The kick was close enough to the left upright that Bucs coach Greg Schiano threw a red flag on the field to challenge the officials' ruling, only to be reminded that such a play is not reviewable.

On the Bucs' next possession, quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked for an 8-yard loss on third down, and with less than four minutes remaining and a three-point lead, Schiano had the confidence to send in Lindell for a 50-yard attempt, which would have matched his longest kick over the last three seasons. …

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Glennon hit deep throws to Underwood, Jackson

DETROIT -- Just two weeks ago, the Bucs had just one play of 40 yards or longer in their first nine games, but their big-play success continued Sunday, with more than half their total offense coming on two deep passes to receivers Tiquan Underwood and Vincent Jackson.

The biggest proved to be the game-winner, as quarterback Mike Glennon found Underwood in stride for an 85-yard touchdown, easily the longest of the rookie quarterback's young career and the difference in Sunday's 24-21 victory.

"We've been saving that one. We felt that we were going to have it, and they gave us the exact look we were waiting for," said Glennon, who also connected with Jackson on a 47-yard pass in the second quarter.

That deep ball to Jackson -- his third grab of 40-plus yards in the last two games -- set up a touchdown to Underwood and gave the Bucs a 10-7 lead.

"We try to take our shots each and every week. Mike throws a great ball, and I think we'll continue to do that," Jackson said. …

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Gorrer went 'through the smoke' for punt block

DETROIT -- For the second week in a row, the Bucs' special-teams unit came up with a blocked punt in the second half, and Danny Gorrer got one Sunday to help the Bucs hold on for a 24-21 victory at the Lions.

"We saw something and (special-teams coach Dave Wannstedt), when he sees something, he definitely calls it up," said Gorrer, who had missed all but one game this season with a groin injury before Sunday. "I believed in my technique and I just went."

Gorrer gave credit to teammate Dekoda Watson, who had a blocked punt last week and drew enough blockers as a result that Gorrer was untouched coming off the left end, getting to Detroit punter Sam Martin. Fullback Spencer Larsen picked up the loose ball and returned it 11 yards to the Lions' 11-yard line.

"Dekoda made the whole left side clear and I just ran through the smoke," Gorrer said of the block.

The Bucs couldn't convert on the play as Rian Lindell missed a 35-yard field goal, but on Detroit's next possession, Gorrer was in coverage on Lions receiver Kris Durham, who inexplicably fumbled as he went out of bounds, a turnover recovered by Kelcie McCray for another defensive stop. …

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Goal-line INT 'came right to' Bucs' Tandy

DETROIT -- Detroit had a 21-17 lead and was driving for another score in the third quarter when safety Keith Tandy repeated his biggest play of the season: a drive-killing goal-line interception, just like he had at Seattle three games earlier.

"I couldn't believe it," said Tandy, who stepped up in the middle and made a leaping interception on a pass intended for Calvin Johnson at the 1-yard line, returning it to the 18-yard line as one of four Bucs interceptions. "It felt like the ball came right to me." 

Lions QB Matthew Stafford called the pass "not the best decision" after the game, saying he should have thrown the ball away once he saw the coverage, but Tandy said the Bucs had anticipated the play and were ready for it.

"We were in the red zone, and I was trying to disguise the coverage. We had seen them setting the play up for a while like on film," said Tandy, who started in place of Dashon Goldson, out with a one-game suspension. "(Johnson) looked like he was wide-open so (Stafford) threw him the ball and I broke on it." …

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