Eric Wright's reported upcoming suspension perhaps couldn't come at a better time, because according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, the Bucs' cornerback is also nursing an Achilles injury suffered in the team's win over the Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night.
Wright is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, which the league considers a performance-enhancing drug unless prescribed by doctors. Fellow Bucs corner Aqib Talib is set to return from his own four-game suspension for the same violation soon.
Whether Wright misses Sunday's game due to a suspension or injury, the Bucs' cornerback depth could be an issue this weekend against the Oakland Raiders. Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano said at the start of his Monday news conference that league rules prevent him from discussing any upcoming suspension, but he did touch on Wright's injury:
"I really can't discuss it and neither can Eric. I'm not trying to be evasive at all, but that's what comes down from the league and that's where I'm going to be.
"You saw he was on the bike. He has an Achilles (injury) coming out of the game that is a little bit of a concern. Didn't know about it after the game, really didn't know about it until recently. But I think the injury, he'll be OK, but I can't predict."
Leonard Johnson would likely get the start if Wright misses Sunday's game. Corner-turned-safety Ronde Barber could also be an option and return to his old position if Wright misses significant time.