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Pads are off, but injuries are on for Bucs
Posted Aug 21, 2012 by Roy Cummings
Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA – The Buccaneers took off the pads for the first time in nearly a month of training workouts on Tuesday, so naturally someone got hurt.
Cornerback Eric Wright, who came to the Bucs after signing a five-year $38 million free agent contract in March, left practice early with an unspecified injury.
“He fell in that one third-down period,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “I saw he didn’t return. I am not sure what his status is.”
Quarterback Josh Freeman also had to leave the field in the middle of a two-minute drill, but Schiano said Freeman simply cramped up and was not seriously injured.
Schiano said the loss of Freeman gave him a chance to practice a potential game-like situation in which backup Dan Orlovsky has to replace the starter for any reason.
“It was a good teaching moment thought, right?’’ Schiano said.
Wright has been bothered at times this preseason by back problems and he left the field seemingly holding his back, but it was unsure if it was his back that was hurt during the drill in which he went down.
Also sitting out Tuesday’s workout was defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (knee), cornerback Anthony Gaitor (unspecified) and tight end Luke Stocker (illness).
Stocker returned to practice on Monday after missing most of last week’s workout and last Friday’s game against Tennessee, but he was not feeling well again on Tuesday, according to Schiano.
“He did stuff over the weekend, he did stuff Monday and then he felt funny again,’’ Schiano said of Stocker. “We are just going to have him see the doctor.”