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Darrelle Revis in 11-on-11 drills

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cornerback Darrelle Revis took another step in his recovery from knee surgery on Monday, participating in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Revis was limited to no contact, but said he lined up against wide receiver Vincent Jackson several times and didn't experience any difficulty.

Still, it remains to be seen when Revis will get his first game action. General manager Mark Dominik previously has said it's possible Revis could play in Saturday night's game at Miami, the same place where Revis suffered the injury while playing for the New York Jets last September.

But coach Greg Schiano said he doesn't feel it's absolutely necessary for Revis to play against Miami or in the preseason finale against Washington.

"I just don't feel like he has to,'' Schiano said. "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 was uncertain when asked if he might play against the Dolphins.

"We don't know,'' Revis said. "It's day by day and that's how we have to approach it. There's been no swelling and hopefully tomorrow it's even better than that progressing up to the game and we'll see. If I do play it will be a call on that day, whether I'm up or down.''

Schiano said the main goal is to have Revis ready for the regular-season opener against the Jets on Sept. 8.

"The goal is to up [Revis' practice workload] little by little, but only with positive feedback,'' Schiano said. "If I said it once, I've said it a thousand times, this is a long-term relationship. It's not at all costs to have him play in that first game. But [being ready for the opener is] our plan."

Revis is confident of being on the field for the game against the Jets, even if he does not play in either of the remaining preseason games.

"I'm a confident player, I'm an aggressive player,'' he said. "Once you're out there, bullets are flying out there and you've just got to do your job. Most of us in this locker room, we play hurt all the time. Somebody might be 80 percent one week, somebody might be 95 percent. That's just how you play; you play with toughness and you do your job." 

In other injury news, Schiano said guard Carl Nicks suffered a setback in his recovery from a toe injury. Schiano said Nicks developed a blister elsewhere on the same foot and the blister became infected.

"It's not something you mess around with, but it's not your common injury, either,'' Schiano said. "The next question is how long will it be? I don't know that. We've got to let the medicine run its course and see if we can get that thing straightened out.''

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.