TAMPA, Fla. -- Although general manager Mark Dominik previously has hinted that cornerback Darrelle Revis could make his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as early as Saturday’s preseason game with Miami, Revis and coach Greg Schiano didn’t sound like that was a given on Monday.
In fact, Schiano even suggested he wouldn’t have a problem if Revis sits out the Miami game and the preseason finale against Washington.
“I just don’t feel like he has to,’’ Schiano said, when asked if he feels like Revis needs to play in the preseason. “If he wants to, or if he wants to play in the Washington game for that matter, I’m fine with it. But I don’t need to see him do that. He actually had a season where he didn’t play in any preseason games with the Jets when he was holding out.’’
Revis also was non-committal about whether he expects to play against the Dolphins.
“I think with this whole situation we don’t want a setback at the end of the day,’’ Revis said. “Everybody has an opinion. You’ve just got to approach it the right way and I think that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re not trying to have a setback. We’ve got 16 games and I want to be out there all 16 and even in the postseason.’’
But Revis did pass another milestone in his comeback Monday. He participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time and lined up against receiver Vincent Jackson several times.
“I think this was a huge step today,’’ Revis said. “Just getting out there running, getting the calls, up-tempo type of stuff I was in there doing. So I think it was a huge step for me and it was a huge day for just being out there and running around and not even having any problems. No soreness at the end of practice and no swelling. So I think it’s a huge step for me.’’