The third preseason game of the NFL season is typically referred to as the dress rehearsal, because the starting players spend the most time on the field as they will in any exhibition game. Last night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took to the field without the services of one of their most important starters, Darrelle Revis, who is still recovering from a knee injury.
But according to the team’s official Twitter, head coach Greg Schiano hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Revis Island will make an appearance during the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins.
Coach Schiano says the team hasn’t ruled out letting CB Darrelle Revis get some playing time in the preseason finale.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 25, 2013
There have been no setbacks for Revis on his road to recovery, and he has been practicing more and more. During a press conference last week, Schiano told the assembled media that Revis could “play when he wants,” but that he doesn’t need to see him play in the preseason to be confident he could start week one against his former team, the New York Jets.
The Buccaneers’ head coach has repeatedly expressed his confidence that Darrelle Revis would be fully healthy and contribute to the Buccaneers in 2013, but there seems to be no rush to get him out on the field for the preseason. But if the team and the player decide that getting a few reps against the Washington Redskins’ backups is a good first step toward being prepared for the season, we all might get our first glimpse of Revis in red and pewter next week.