The Bucs will be without playmaking CB Aqib Talib, as the troubled corner has been suspended four games by the NFL for using a performance enhancing substance.
To make matters worse, his suspension starts right away, meaning that he won’t be in uniform tomorrow when the Bucs take on the Chiefs.
Talib will be eligible to return for the Nov. 5 game against Oakland.
“I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down,” coach Greg Schiano said in a statement. “Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension.”
Talib said in a statement the substance was Adderall.
“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” he said. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”