Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has not played this preseason because of a hamstring strain suffered early in training camp. He hasn't been participating in practice, either, creating questions about the severity of his injury.
But Talib, when leaving the locker room after Thursday night's loss to the Patriots, vowed to play against the Dolphins next week. He said his hamstring injury was not serious and suggested he'd be practicing next week. In part because of the layoff created by the NFL's lockout, the Bucs have operated out of an abundance of caution with injured players this preseason, and Talib apparently is no different.
The outlook is a little less optimistic when it comes to starting defensive tackle Roy Miller. He, too, missed Thursday's game after suffering a knee injury on the first series of the preseason opener at Kansas City. Coach Raheem Morris said Miller got "dinged" on his knee, whatever that means.
We've learned that Miller's injury is actually a partial MCL tear, an injury that won't require surgery but one that probably takes Miller out of action for the remainder of the preseason. It's not clear whether Miller's availability for the season opener is in jeopardy, but the injury isn't good news given the status of Brian Price, who again didn't play as he attempts to bounce back from major surgery to repair a pelvic fracture.
The depth at defensive tackle is something to watch over the next few weeks. The status of Miller and Price, if not improved by the time final cuts arrive, certainly will impact roster decisions.