Bucs’ Eric Wright suspended for next four games

AP

As the Buccaneers fight for a spot in the NFC playoffs, they’re going to have to do it without starting cornerback Eric Wright.

More than a month after reports first surfaced that Wright was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Bucs coach Greg Schiano has confirmed that Wright’s suspension is starting today and will last the next four weeks.

Wright plans to offer a written statement on the matter soon. Like several other players who have been suspended for violations of the PED policy, Wright is expected to say that his violation was for taking the prescription medication Adderall without following the proper procedures. When players are suspended, the NFL does not confirm the specific substances they tested positive for.

After starting the first 10 games of the season, Wright missed Sunday’s loss to the Falcons with a sore Achilles tendon. He will sit out the next four weeks and then be eligible to return for Week 17 — when the Bucs hope they’re still in playoff contention.

26 responses to “Bucs’ Eric Wright suspended for next four games

  1. Considering the Bucs are playing without their top 3 CBs in a position that was already paper thin I can’t believe the Falcons didn’t put up 80 points. Talib traded, Barber moved to safety and Wright out the Bucs on Sunday were playing guys I never even heard of before and now they have to face a real QB in Peyton Manning. If you were betting the over/under on this weeks game, I’d take the over.

  2. Ok, what am I missing?

    The Buc’s player has to begin serving his suspension immediately, but the 2 Seahawks players get to delay theirs?

    What gives?

  3. jluns275 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 3:44 PM
    Ok, what am I missing?

    The Buc’s player has to begin serving his suspension immediately, but the 2 Seahawks players get to delay theirs?

    What gives?
    ——
    I would rather that the seahawk cheaters get suspended right away but… (from the article above):

    More than a month after reports first surfaced that Wright was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy

  4. jluns275 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 3:44 PM
    Ok, what am I missing?

    The Buc’s player has to begin serving his suspension immediately, but the 2 Seahawks players get to delay theirs?

    What gives?

    —————————————————

    “More than a month after reports first surfaced that Wright was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Bucs coach Greg Schiano has confirmed that Wright’s suspension is starting today and will last the next four weeks.”

    Did you even read the article?

  5. jluns, Eric Wright’s failed test was over a month ago and his appeal was filed quietly, though it was reported by the Tampa media. He lost the appeal, thus he is now suspended.

    Contrary to what most might think, this isn’t a big blow to Tampa’s (admittedly pathetic) pass defense. Wright has been hurt and wasn’t expected to play much for the remainder of the season anyway.

  6. jluns275 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 3:44 PM
    Ok, what am I missing?

    The Buc’s player has to begin serving his suspension immediately, but the 2 Seahawks players get to delay theirs?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Apparently you missed the entire 2nd paragraph of this article.

  7. Why didn’t he start serving last week? He was held out Sundays game due to injury. It’s crazy to think EJ Biggers and Leonard Johnson are our starters. I’m a fanatical Buccaneers fan and against the Falcons in certain Nickle and Dime packages even I was saying, “Danny Gorrer? Who the hell is that?”

  8. Ok, ok. My bad there. But you still take my point about the Seahawks players, right? Why do they get to delay their appeal?
    PED’s are PED’s in the eyes of the NFL, or are they not?

  9. “pewterpiratetampabayray says: Nov 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    Why didn’t he start serving last week?
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    They try not to let players choose when they serve because players would and do try to make it benefit them and their teams when it is supposed to be a punishment.

  10. With corners like EJ Biggers, Myron Lewis, Danny Gorrer, LeQuan Lewis and Leonard Johnson who needs him and Talib. Ugh, it’s going to be a long 5 games. That 4th rounder next year better be a good selection, because there’s a good chance the Bucs miss the playoffs due to lack of depth at corner. Go Bucs!

  11. daknight93 says:
    Nov 26, 2012 3:49 PM
    that’s very unfortunate for Eric Wright and the bucs, but the bucs may fall short of the playoffs with their secondary being a complete mess…

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    The Packers went 15-1 and the Patriots went to the SB with their secondaries being complete messes last year.

  12. Leonard Johnson has played better than Talib so far this year, and EJ Biggers isn’t doing any worse than Wright. So this isn’t a big hit to our team. We’ve overcome adversity all year with Carl Nicks, Joseph, etc going down, next man up is a motto that Greg seems to live by very well.
    Hopefully there’s a clause in his contract that makes us able to cut him without taking a full cap hit, so maybe we can go after Grimms this off season.

  13. And with the X pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…whatever CB is available!

  14. If it wasn’t for the 80 yard catch and run (mis takle ) We problably would’ve gave up last than 300 yards passing. We did better than when we had our top corners and lost 3 games and gave up over 400 yards passing.Our D is a work in progress but to only give up 24 POINTS and losing by a missed field goal, a bad call, a no call, and an iffy call by the refs. I was exited

  15. cheater! who did it to himself unlike head trauma for other guys. Such violence, why do we continue to watch young men get injured? boredom? why?

  16. 1bucfan813 – We gave up over 300 yards to the Falcons and their overrated QB, additionally if they didn’t go 80 yards on that one play they would have just gone 80 yards anyways, maybe only 60 of if passing instead of 80. The defense has done well considering the talent, but you’re not going to stop Manning with undrafted free agents that have been called up from your practice squad after being there for 2 weeks. The Bucs have to open up more on offense (although they’ve mostly done a good job with that) and they HAVE to get smarter and not so predictable around the goal line (toss left, throw up for grabs, toss right).

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