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.
"The more you just study Carolina, you just see not only how talented they are, but how well coached they are,'' Schiano said. "They're doing all the things that allow you to win football games. They're not doing the things that cause you to lose football games.''
Linebacker Adam Hayward (leg) and guard Davin Joseph (knee) returned to practice Thursday.