Anthony Gaitor UpdateNovember 5th, 2012
Joe has been getting a lot of queries as to the status of Bucs backup cornerback Anthony Gaitor. So many, Joe spoke with Bucs media relations personnel today to get to the heart of the matter.
Gaitor is rehabbing at One Buc Palace as he has been nursing a nasty hamstring injury just about all year. Gaitor is seen often in the Bucs locker room (as is, by the way, Adrian Clayborn and periodically, Davin Joseph).
Because of new NFL rules, there are opportunities where a player can be pulled off of the injured reserve list and Gaitor is still eligible for that option. But it is a short option. There is roughly a one-week window where Gaitor can be brought back to the 53-man roster. That would be after the 12th game of the season (Broncos game) and before the 13th game (Eagles).
If Gaitor is not activated prior to the Eagles game, he must remain on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season. He cannot be activated prior to the Broncos game.
Of course, this is all dependent on whether Gaitor is healthy enough. If he is deemed unhealthy by the training staff, this is all a moot point.
Naturally, there will have to be a roster move in order for Gaitor to be activated. If Gaitor is healthy enough and the option to activate him will be used, Joe’s going to guess (hope) the odd man out is beleaguered cornerback Myron Lewis.
CLARIFICATION: Per NFL rules, Gaitor mostly cannot practice with the team while on the injured reserve list but he can rehab at the team’s facility. Gaitor may, however, practice with the team within two weeks of his eligibility window in which he can be reactivated to the 53-man roster.