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.''
Revis was able to watch the game from the sidelines and Schiano said he is hopeful the injury won't be long-term. Tight end Tom Crabtree became the 13th Bucs player to go on injured reserve with a torn biceps he suffered in Sunday's game.
"I'm hopeful it's short term, but I couldn't tell you,'' Schiano said. "My hopes really don't matter. Proibably have to see hat the doctor says.
"Again, that's probably out of my realm. Certainly, he didn't have to go to a hosipital (Sunday) so I guess that's a positive. But I don't know. That would be speculation on my part.''
Revis held receiver Steve Smith to four catches for 42 yards in the Bucs' 31-14 loss to the Panthers at Raymond James Stadium Oct. 24. Schiano said it's too early to know how not having Revis might alter the Bucs' game plan.
"It's not a whole knew scheme, it's kind of like when you have Darrelle Revis and you just kind of tinker with it a little bit and you can kind of put your resources and dedicate them away from him,'' Schiano said. "He's going to take care oif his guy and then we can use the rest to take care of the rest. So if we don't have him, that will present some things. Tomorrow is the big game plan day. Today, we kind of study them and then early tomorrow morning we get the game plan so hopefully we'll have a little bit better understanding of what the odds are for Darrelle to play this weekend and just go from there.''