After a solid week of practice that included four straight days of work, Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis will not be playing in tonight’s preseason game against the Dolphins.
Coach Schiano had said earlier this week, “I just don’t feel like he needs it,” in regards to Revis playing Saturday in the third preseason game, considered the most important of all preseason games in which starters will see their most significant playing time.
The team made the announcement an hour before kickoff and stated that Revis did not have a setback.
Tonight’s scratch means Revis won’t play at all this preseason and the first time fans will see him playing in a Bucs uniform will be the season opener on September 9.
On a more positive note — Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph will play, seeing his first game action since tearing his patellar tendon exactly one year ago against the New England Patriots.
Earlier this week, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy talked about what it meant to have Joseph back on the field practicing.
“Dav is the man. I love going against Davin. Every time he took a rep, I was there. Even if they said ‘Gerald, get out,’ [I said] ‘No, I’m not getting out, Davin’s up.’ That’s my partner when it comes to getting prepared for a season.”
“He’s just been mentoring me since I got in the NFL, staying on me – if he thinks I’m having a bad practice he’ll pull me to the side [and say] ‘Hey, that’s not good enough, pick it up.’ That’s what we do. We go at it and that’s why I couldn’t wait for him to get back. When he came back, he was looking for me, [saying] ‘Alright, I’m up, let’s go.'”