First the good news: everyone showed up on time Thursday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneer veterans reported for training camp.
The bad news: starting left tackle Donald Penn has a calf strain and may miss up to two weeks.
Just what the Bucs didn't need, right?
"Donald called us and we got him in a few days early to start treatment. He has a calf strain. Everybody else in in pretty good shape," coach Greg Schiano said at his late-morning news conference, carried live on Buccaneers.com.
While they may have been, as Schiano said, "in pretty good shape," not every player passed the team's new conditioning test.
"We have them run 16, 110s," Schiano said. "They have time standards set by body type." Not everyone passed but Schiano didn't want to elaborate further. "There will be a day when we show up and they'll all pass it," he said.
Penn's calf injury and the timeline Schiano hinted at may mean that Penn will miss at least the first preseason game.
The team will take to the field for its first practice on Friday morning at 8:45 a.m.
Schiano's primary goal?
"Number one, we need to grow together as a team. Now we're in it, there are no other distractions. We pay the price together, players and coaches. This isn't easy for either. Training camp isn't that long anymore. Twenty days, we've got to make it count."
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