After missing two straight days this week with a groin injury, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis returned to the practice field Friday, participating on a limited basis.
“It’s better. It’s way better,” Revis said afterwards. “It will probably be a game time decision. I’ll probably have to get out there a little earlier and try to run and we’ll see how I feel when I cut and when I move.”
He participated in the walk-through and stretching portion of practice that was open to the media and will officially be listed as questionable when Tampa Bay’s injury report comes out later today.
“It is what it is. I can’t control, well I wish I could control injuries, but I can’t control my injury. When I feel ready to go, that’s when it’s time for me to get out there and play.”
Revis suffered a strained groin the first half of last week’s game against the Detroit Lions and did not return. He underwent an MRI earlier this week which revealed no major issues.
“It’s a strained muscle. Luckily it wasn’t nothing more than that or nothing serious. It’s good. It’s been day-by-day and limited today. Hopefully today, the rest of the day today, and tomorrow I’ll get a lot more rest and move forward Sunday.”
Head coach Greg Schiano called Revis’ participation Friday a “step in the right direction,” but admitted that the possibility of playing without him causes some major changes to a game plan.
“Anytime you have a guy like Darrelle, it’s pretty drastic, right? Anytime you have a guy like [Panthers wide receiver] Steve [Smith]…there’s certain things you want to do.”
If Revis plays, he’ll be matched up against Smith, Carolina’s No. 1 receiver. The last time the Bucs faced the Panthers, Revis held him to four catches for 42 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. The Bucs lost that game 31-13 at home.
“We feel that he’s the key guy,” said Revis. “He gets them going. He has a lot of emotion after catches sometimes. We want to take that away from them. We are playing great as a secondary, so hopefully we put another game in this week. We’ve got ‘Hawk’ [safety Dashon Goldson] back so hopefully that will put some fear in their offense as well.”