Okam Still Hurt; Haynesworth To Start?November 9th, 2011
Amid the euphoria/hysteria/disbelief over the Albert Haynesworth signing today, Frank Okam remains a glaring name on the Bucs’ new injury report. He’s still listed with a calf pull and didn’t practice Wednesday.
Given Okam’s mountainous size and his position, this doesn’t bode well for his availability Sunday. And for Joe that means one thing: Haynesworth is going to start on Sunday, assuming he’s not cut before then.
Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 tonight, Mark Dominik said Haynesworth’s evaluation is a week-to-week process, meaning he’s not necessarily in Tampa for the whole season.
It’s pretty darn clear to Joe that as long as Haynesworth doesn’t go all mental patient in the next 48 hours (Joe wouldn’t bet against it), then he’ll have a chance to play hero for the home crowd if the Bucs can slow the Texans’ stunning running game and generate some pressure off the edges.
Joe’s still stunned. Who could have imagined that fans might be running to buy Haynesworth Bucs jerseys by Monday. On that note, Dominik said the Bucs’ newest manbeast is likely to wear No. 95 and not have a special number request before he hits the practice field tomorrow morning.