The Buccaneers made a big acquisition at cornerback last year, but had to wait until the regular season to see how Darrelle Revis looked in their defense because rehab from his torn ACL kept Revis out of the lineup in the preseason.
Revis is in New England now, but there’s still a familiar feeling around the Bucs this summer. Signing Alterraun Verner was their major move in the secondary this time and they’re again playing the waiting game as Verner recovers from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out of the lineup in each of the first two preseason games. Verner returned to individual drills last week and the team wants to get Verner into this week’s game against the Bills, but Verner’s not sure he’ll be ready to go.
“I feel fine. I mean, it’s going to see as we increase my reps during practice and see how I respond, but I wouldn’t want to say, you know, 100 percent I’ll be playing [against Buffalo],” Verner said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “We’re going to do what’s best and see how I feel. But if I do play I can’t tell you how long. I’m going to play as long as they need me to play. I look forward to being out there. Hopefully, everything holds up so I can play.”
While getting Verner some run in the preseason would be ideal, it wouldn’t be worth a setback that puts him at risk of missing any regular season time so the final call on his status for Saturday will likely come later in the week.