TAMPA — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber, who worked Sunday’s game against Philadelphia as a TV analyst for Fox, believes All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing hurt.
Revis, acquired from the Jets in an April trade, is one year removed from knee surgery but has played in each game this season during Tampa Bay’s 0-5 start.
“I don’t think that knee is back to where it was yet, but he still has been playing well,’’ Barber said in a text message Friday to The Tampa Tribune. “Probably not where he wants, but it’s not like he’s a liability.’’
On his weekly radio show on WDAE (620 AM), Revis said his left knee has recovered from surgery, but indicated some of his leg muscles and glutes are still trying to regain their previous strength.
Revis, 28, has played a mixture of man-to-man and zone coverage for the Bucs, who signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract that made him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
“He’s not being asked to play on the line of scrimmage like they were last year,’’ said Barber, who retired in May after 16 seasons. “I think a lot of people expect him to be shutting receivers out playing man, but that’s not what they are asking him to do. He does on certain third downs and situations where it calls for it, but not every snap like he was in New York. He still has awesome movement and wins at the line when he’s up there.’’