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Bucs notes: Injuries piling up in camp

TAMPA - As they move deeper into the second week of training camp, the injuries are starting to pile up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rookie CB Johnthan Banks was unable to practice because of a hamstring strain Friday, and WR Mike Williams was unable to finish the workout because of a similar problem.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano described both injuries as minor, though he could not say when Banks and Williams might return.
"Mike will always tell you he'll be back tomorrow (because) he'd come back today if you let him, so we'll see,'' Schiano said. "As for Johnthan, maybe Monday. I don't know for sure.''
Banks, who is battling for a starting cornerback's job, and Williams, the Bucs' second receiver behind Vincent Jackson, joined an expanding group of players fighting nagging injuries.
That group includes starting RDE Adrian Clayborn (groin), projected starting TE Luke Stocker (calf), FB Erik Lorig (calf) and third-receiver candidate Tiquan Underwood (hamstring).
Also missing all or part of practice were several reserves, including CB Myron Lewis (hamstring), CB Danny Gorrer (groin), DE Ernest Owusu (calf) and DT Gary Gibson (ankle).
"It's just the general strains of camp,'' Schiano said. "They're doing a lot of running and no matter how much you do in your preparation, this is a different kind of running that we're doing out here.''
College education
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the most complex veterans have had to learn.
It is proving to be a challenge for rookie RB Mike James, as well, though James is adjusting thanks largely to the challenges he faced from coordinators at the University of Miami. Mark Whipple and Jedd Fisch, who are now in the NFL, pushed James.
"I had two great OCs ... and both of them put me through a lot," James said. "They always felt like I could learn a lot and really piled it on me, so what I'm going through here now is similar to that."
James, who worked out with the second team this week, said the most difficult aspect of his job is knowing the opposing defense.
"You know your assignment, but it's all the different shifts and motions by the defense that makes it tough,'' said James, a sixth-round draft pick.
Equal standing
DT Gerald McCoy walked off the practice field one day this week carrying rookie DT Akeem Spence's shoulder pads. Having a rookie carry a veteran's helmet and shoulder pads is usually a small part of the rookie initiation process, but with the Bucs that's about as far as it goes.
"Well, that's Gerald and he's special, but the thing that I'm glad about is that here, the hazing stops at picking up pads and singing a song,'' Schiano said. "There's none of that nonsense around here. Even if there was an attempt to, we wouldn't allow it.
"We need these rookies to do the things that we need this year. I don't know who they're going to be, but we'll need some of them - just like last year. So, the sooner they become part of us - and that's what our guys do, they welcome them with open arms - the better off we're going to be. I think it's good to have tradition, like the pads or singing, but that's where it stops.''
Revis update
The Bucs spent the middle part of the week ramping up CB Darrelle Revis' on-field activities, including one-on-one coverage drills against receivers, but they took it easy on him Friday.
Revis, G Davin Joseph and G Carl Nicks did conditioning and weight training work inside the facility rather than outside under the broiling sun.
Revis (knee), Joseph (knee) and Nicks (toe) are recovering from season-ending injuries and are being eased back into football shape. All are expected back on the field today.
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