Monday, December 2, 2013
Bucs likely to lose Casillas for season
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- It appears as if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a 14th player headed for injured reserve.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas likely is done for the year after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Carolina, according to coach Greg Schiano. Casillas had an MRI Monday that was not encouraging.
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“If he needs surgery, he’ll be done for the season,’’ Schiano said. “It probably looks that way right now.’’
Casillas appeared briefly in the locker room Monday afternoon, but did not talk to the media.
Early in the season, Casillas shared time at strongside linebacker Dekoda Watson. But Watson has moved to defensive end and has been used as a situational pass-rusher in recent weeks. Schiano acknowledged there’s a good chance Watson will have to move back to linebacker.
“That’s one of the possibilities,’’ Schiano said. “We have not gone that far yet. [Casillas] just got the MRI. We’ll get up there tonight and set the course for how we’ll do it.’’
In more positive injury news, Schiano said cornerback Darrelle Revis, who injured his shoulder and chest attempting to intercept a pass, should be fine.
“Darrelle, I think is going to be OK,’’ Schiano said. “He initially came off the field and had some pain in his upper torso area. They examined him inside. I’m not sure what the situation is but I don’t think it’s real serious. We’ll see.’’
Revis entered the Carolina game as questionable with a groin injury. But Schiano said he doesn’t think the collective bumps and bruises will take away from Revis’ ability to contribute.
“I think he’ll be effective,’’ Schiano said. “He’s not only a great player, but he’s a pro and he’s a warrior. He’ll fight through whatever discomfort he has to play, if he can play.’’