The Goal Is To Play

January 21st, 2021

Discusses injured veterans.

This time of the year, it is all hands on deck. That’s why Vita Vea was activated to practice to see if he can indeed play Sunday (and beyond if needed).

And it is also why a couple of veterans won’t be practicing.

Of course, we know wide receiver Antonio Brown is nursing a knee injury. Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians said today Brown doesn’t need the practice because he’s a veteran and knows what to do.

So Arians is hoping that after a week of not practicing, Brown will recover from his knee injury enough to play in Green Bay.

The same is sort of true for Jason Pierre-Paul. When asked about JPP’s health today, Arians didn’t deny that JPP is less than 100 percent.

The goal with JPP, like Brown, is to get him to games healthy, not to tweak his already hurting knee.

On JPP, Arians said, “One thing about JPP, he really doesn’t need to be on the practice field much. He knows what he is doing. It is just getting to the game with as much juice as possible.

“We have a couple of guys I don’t see practicing that much. So it doesn’t affect their ballgame.”

Arians also lauded JPP for playing well against the slimy Saints. He batted down a key Drew Brees pass.

9 Responses to “The Goal Is To Play”

  1. EA Says:

    If Vita plays this team will be the healthiest of the four remaining, gotta go out there and do whatever it takes to eat this Dubbya.
    Go bucs!!!

  2. Cobraboy Says:

    Bucs health this season has been remarkably good. In the Big Picture, few real injuries.

    Two things necessary beyond talent and coaching to win a championship: health and good bounces of the ball.

    So far so good.

    One wonders what OJ Howard is thinking and feeling.

  3. Robert Says:

    don’t jinx us yall with talking about how healthy the team is ๐Ÿ™‚

    and OJ, he’s probably on the phone with his agent. He’s got the talent, but is injury prone. no diss, just tired of hearing about how great he is, but he’s never on the field.

    Big picture it sounds like this team is doing what they should be doing, and the backups are getting practice time. no complaints. let em hunt!

  4. ClodHopper Says:

    “He knows what he is doing”

    Whatever you say about BAs coaching ability and work ethic, you gotta admit this is why guys love him. He shows them plenty of respect, almost to a fault.

  5. JimBuc2 Says:

    Vitta Vea back and vets OK? Dilly dilly.
    Go Bucs!

  6. TampaTown Says:

    Yes being rested is most important since itโ€™s win or go home. Win and everyone has a bye week

  7. Infomeplease Says:

    A lot of Bucs are beat up. A lot of Packers are beat up.. That’s part of why we love this sport so much! The NFL plays really hard!!! All that really hard playing takes a toll of most everyone. And to get this far in the playoffs the teams have to play even harder!! The team that plays the hardest goes to the SUPER BOWL. The team that doesn’t, stays home and watches the super bowl.
    GO BUCS!!

  8. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    On the OJ Howard front, I would trade him for Kyle Pitts in a New York Second.

  9. Hodad Says:

    Most of the teams still playing aren’t practicing very hard because they can’t. It’s a long season, and it’s taken a toll on every player. Walk throughs, some light running, and passing that’s it. If they didn’t know what they were doing by now, they wouldn’t be in the title games.