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.
"We feel that he’s the key guy,'' Revis said of Smith. "He gets them going. He has a lot of emotion after catches sometimes and we want to take that away from him. We’ve been playing great as a secondary so hopefully we put another game in this week.''
The Bucs are sure to get at least one key member of the secondary back in the lineup when safety Dashon Goldson returns from his one-game suspension. Goldson missed the first meeting against Carolina with a knee injury.
"We got Hawk back, so hopefully that will put some fear in the offense as well,'' Revis said of Goldson.
The Panthers (8-3) have a league-best seven-game win streak while the Bucs (3-8) are riding a three-game winning streak of their own.
“That would be good to knock them off,'' Revis said. "Don’t get me wrong, they’re playing lights out. Cam Newton is playing great this year. They’re rolling, on offense and defense. They’re rolling and they’re a great team. We’re not shying down. We played against another great team a few weeks ago in Seattle and we hung with them well. We feel we can beat this team and try to get our fourth win.''