The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't need this. While in the midst of making a push for the playoffs, cornerback Eric Wright has been suspended for the next four games.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweeted out the news:
Coach Schiano says CB Eric Wright will be suspended by the league for the next four games.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 26, 2012
This should not be something the team was unprepared for. Fox NFL analyst Jay Glazer reported back at the end of October that this suspension was going to happen and that it would be for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Wright actually missed last Sunday's game due to injury, and the Buccaneers allowed 345 passing yards to the Falcons in a 24-23 loss. That is a lot of passing yards, but it isn't much worse than what Tampa Bay has been turning in all season.
The unit is last in the league in passing yards allowed at 315.5 per game. Pass defense has been this team's weakness all season. It will be a little weaker now, but the Bucs are certainly used to compensating for that.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, they will be taking a trip to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos. They will then host the Eagles, play at the high-flying Saints, and host the Rams.
Wright, who was a key free-agent signing, will definitely be missed. The Bucs are essentially left with backups to handle the starting corner duties after they traded Aqib Talib to the Patriots while Talib was serving his own suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy.