Johnson Added To Walking WoundedAugust 19th, 2014
The Bucs defense is starting to resemble an infirmary with so many players hurt or fighting through an injury of some sort.
It is worrisome, especially now that the prized jewel of the Bucs free agent spending spree this spring, defensive end Michael Johnson, has been felled.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith noted that Johnson did not practice today as he has a bruised knee.
Now before Bucs fans start running into traffic in panic, Lovie stated Johnson should be good to go for Saturday’s third preseason game at Buffalo.
Also, Lovie noted that defensive end Steven Means is recovering quicker than expected from his upper-leg/groin injury. He has not been ruled out for Saturday.
In what may be no more than an oddity in timing, Lovie said there are serious position battles still brewing and that guys who are hurt need to be on the field as they are giving up reps to others who may bump them off the final 53-man roster.
As a follow-up to his statement about players needing to be on the field, Lovie was asked about the status of defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers, who is hampered by a groin injury. Lovie said Bowers is not yet ready to practice.