Eric Wright Should Start, Unless…October 29th, 2012
The leader of the New Schiano Order, Greg Schiano, took to the podium at One Buc Palace today and before a question was asked about a certain cornerback who has a certain history with pills, who has allegedly been tested positive for Adderall, Schiano explained he was prohibited by NFL policy from commenting about what is or is not happening with Bucs cornerback Eric Wright.
Despite not speaking about the issue, neither the Bucs nor the NFL is denying the report by FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer that Wright tested positive for the league-banned Adderall.
The Bucs already have a cornerback serving a four-game sentence for the very same charge, embattled Aqib Talib.
If Wright is suspended before the Bucs play Oakland on the left coast Sunday, the Bucs will be down both of their starting cornerbacks, both for Adderall. Schiano explained that is is business as usual with the Bucs if or until the NFL comes down on Wright.
What’s unknown is whether Wright has or will appeal, which would delay his suspension. In the Bucs locker room today, not surprisingly, Wright was nowhere to be found.
Schiano did explain why Wright was seen early this afternoon working on a stationary bike — proof that he has yet to be suspended, as suspended players cannot step foot in a team facility. Schiano said Wright has an Achilles injury not considered serious.
Even if Wright is not suspended, the Achilles could force him to the bench. If the Bucs are without both Talib and Wright Sunday, Schiano said both Leonard Johnson and Myron Lewis will be the next men up.
“I really cannot discuss it and neither can Eric,” Schiano said of the situation. “That comes down from the league. It’s not appropriate [to discuss].
“He was on the bike; he has an Achilles that is a little bit of a concern. I think he will be OK, but I cannot predict.
“We always have depth at corner. That’s one of the key positions — we always try to have depth. I was really pleased with the play of Leonard Johnson the other night. That is important, he is getting a lot of repetitions out there today, Myron Lewis got repetitions out there today. These guys prepare as if they will be the guy and if they get their chance you hope they are ready.
“It is the age old definition when preparation meets opportunity; hopefully that is what is occurring, if that is going to be the case.”