While there’s still a possibility Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis could play in next week’s third preseason game, the more important milestone will be Monday.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that Revis would participate in team drills in practice next week.
“We’ll get him into the general practice population now, and get him doing some team stuff, just get him playing a little bit more,” Schiano said. “He did a little 7-on-7 last week in the red area, we’ll give him some more, and just take it, add a little bit, see how he is the next day and add a little bit more.”
“If he just keeps going, says, ‘Yeah, I wanna do this,’ then we won’t have to think about it as much. And if he doesn’t play, that doesn’t mean he isn’t feeling good. You just sit back and, like I said from the beginning, I don’t need to see him play in the preseason. I know what he’s capable of. He just needs to get to where he’s confident and feels like, ‘I can go out and play.’ “
While it might be nice to see how he’d react in a game situation, the fact they feel comfortable giving him time to ease back from knee surgery is sign of how important he is to their process.