Koetter says Bucs won't rush injured Sweezy, Murphy
The only significant players not to begin traiining camp practice Thursday was G J.R. Sweezy and WR Louis Murphy. Sweezy, who had an undisclosed surgical procedure shortly after signing with Tampa Bay as a free agent from Seattle, missed the entire off-season with an undisclosed injury. Murphy is recoveriing from a torn ACL.
Both players are on the active Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they could return to the team immediately once they're ready. But coach Dirk Koetter said there is no rush.
“It’s unfortunate in both cases that those two guys aren’t able to be out here,'' Koetter said. "We were hoping everybody would be full go. But what we have to realize with injuries, if you guys have looked around the league as teams have reported, every team has put guys on that active PUP list. Multiple guys. And we’re no exception. So when you get to guys coming off ACLs, guys coming off different procedures they’ve had done in the off season, the timetable to get back is not always the same. Sometimes they have setbacks. What we can’t do is rush guys that aren’t ready to go. That can’t do us any good because they’re fighting it the whole year. I would hope that J.R. and Murph are out here as quickly as they can be but that’s why we have team doctors.
With Sweezy out, third-year G/T Kevin Pamphile took first team reps at left guard.