In what's become an unfortunate theme of NFL training camps, several teams may be without starters for the immediate future due to injuries. Knee injuries have been especially troublesome thus far, although one notable player is working his way back from a knee injury and may play in the preseason.
That and more in the daily NFL news roundup.
Earlier this offseason, there was a question whether or not Darrelle Revis would be ready for the season opener. Now, there is a chance Tampa Bay's prized offseason acquisition could play in Week 3 of the preseason. Revis is coming off a torn ACL and has been working his way back slowly. Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation is interested to get a first look at how Tampa Bay incorporates Revis into the defense:
If Revis does play in Week 3, he may be unlikely to take snaps during Week 4 of the preseason, when starters are generally held out and backups and third-stringers are given the chance to stand out and earn a roster spot.
The Bucs have been forced to practice and scheme without Revis, and it will be interesting to see how the Buccaneers use the shutdown cornerback worth $16 million per year in their scheme.
If Revis does make an appearance in the preseason, it would bode well for his chances to be active in Week 1 when the Bucs take on Revis' old team, the New York Jets.
The Chargers got some good news when a MRI on Malcom Floyd's knee revealed a sprain and not a torn ACL. San Diego will, however, be without its No. 1 receiver for at least the rest of the preseason. According to a report from Ed Werder of ESPN, Floyd will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Week 1 is still uncertain.
He was carted off the practice field on Monday with many fearing he may have torn his ACL. Now, San Diego may be taking a cautious approach to ensure Floyd is healthy for when the season begins. As Jerome Watson of Bolts From the Blue wrote, Floyd and quarterback Phillip Rivers already have an excellent rapport and Floyd's absence could help Rivers develop chemistry with some of the team's young wide receivers.
The Texans' running game took another hit on Tuesday with the news that Pro Bowl left guard Wade Smith had a scope done on his knee and is out indefinitely. Smith had similar surgery in the offseason and the procedure usually comes with a 4-to-6 week recovery timetable.
According to Battle Red Blog, the injury occurred when Smith banged knees during practice. Head coach Gary Kubiak initially said the Texans expected him back in a few days, but the injury turned out to be more serious. Smith now joins star running back Arian Foster on the sidelines who remains on the physically unable to perform list.
Jaguars right tackle Luke Joeckel is expected to miss a few days of practice due to a hip flexor injury. He's performed well during training camp and the injury is not considered to be serious. The Jaguars are relying on Joeckel to start as a rookie and according to Big Cat Country, he's been everything the team thought it was getting when they made him the No. 2 pick.
Jacksonville's leading receiver Cecil Shorts is also day-to-day with an injury. Shorts is unlikely to play in the second preseason game due to a calf injury.
For the second time in five months it looks like J'Marcus Webb lost a starting job. Webb started all 16 games at left tackle for the Bears last season, but shifted over to right tackle after Chicago signed Jermon Bushrod. Webb is now spending time with the second-team, just one week into the preseason, with rookie fifth-round pick Jordan Mills getting the first-team reps at right tackle.
Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. of Windy City Gridiron analyzed Webb's performance in the preseason opener and it led him to question whether Webb even wants to play professional football. Here is a snippet of the review:
The reason Webb is so maddening is I've seen him play at a high level. He's inconsistent, but he is capable. I've graded his games in the past here on WCG, and I take an in depth look at the pass protection on a weekly basis in my Sackwatch series, so I've seen his improvement year one, to year two, to year three. There may not be a year four to evaluate if he doesn't figure things out.
It's hard to question someone's effort and dedication from afar, but three years of J'Marcus Webb film, and quotes to the media, and Facebook updates, and tweets, tell me that this kid isn't concerned with being a professional football player.
Immaturity can only be used as an excuse for so long.