Crabtree has been out with an ankle injury. He had been projected to share playing time with Luke Stocker. Crabtree’s absence probably means more playing time for Stocker, and Nate Byham likely will be the second tight end.
In other injury news, Schiano still wouldn’t rule out the possibility of guard Carl Nicks, who is recovering from a staph infection, playing against the Jets. But it appears to be a long shot that Nicks will play in the opener. Nicks hasn’t practiced all week.
If Nicks is out, Schiano said the Bucs have plenty of options at left guard. But the coach said reserve tackle Gabe Carimi has gotten most of the first-team work this week.