Status unknown for Joseph, Revis and Martin vs. Dolphins
Bucs coach Greg Schiano likes what he's seen in practice from cornerback Darrelle Revis, guard Davin Joseph and running back Doug Martin this week.
He's so encouraged by those players recovering from injuries, in fact, that he may not risk putting them on the field in Saturday night's preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
Revis practiced for the fourth straight day Thursday and has increased his workload. He will have a strength conditioning session Friday morning and Schiano plans to talk to Revis and gauge his interest in testing out his surgically-repaired left knee against the Dolphins.
“Again, I’m going to talk with him,'' Schiano said. "He practiced again today. That’s four days in a row, that’s the longest stretch we’ve gone, so tomorrow, we’re not doing much anyway, but he’s going to be on a strengthening day. The plan so far, he’s been able to stick to the plan, the increase in workload and certainly you’re sore in general. Everybody is sore. But the part that we’re worried about, he’s doing well.''
Joseph, who did not accompany the team to New England last week, is recovering from a torn patellar tendon and resumed practice this week. "I wanted to finish today’s work and talk with him and see what he wants to do,'' Schiano said.
Martin was forced to leave last Friday's 25-21 loss at New England after he was kicked in the head trying to make a cut block on a rusher. Although he does not have a concussion and practiced, Schiano may opt to give him the night off.
“I’m not sure what we’re going to do with Doug right now,'' Schiano said. "Still got to decide that.''
Guard Carl Nicks, who has developed an infection in his foot, has been taking anti-biotics and will not play Saturday.
“Same thing, taking the medicine,'' Schiano said. "They told us, give us five to seven days. Let’s give it a little time and let it work. We’ll do that.''