Cornerback Darrelle Revis will be available to practice on Thursday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open training camp but will slowly work his way on the field, coach Greg Schiano said Wednesday.
Schiano said Revis will be limited coming off knee surgery last fall after he tore his ACL while playing for the New York Jets. Revis has been running and doing conditioning work during his rehab.
"He's in good shape," Schiano said. "I want to play him back into football shape with cutting and moving with other guys, not just himself."
The Bucs still have not decided whether Revis will play in any preseason games, but they expect him to be ready for the regular-season opener against the Jets in September.
"A lot of it depends on how he looks," Schiano said. "He's played in a lot of football games, but I think he probably wants to play, wants to be with his new teammates, play in this new scheme."
The 28-year-old Revis had 19 interceptions and 294 tackles in six seasons with the Jets. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL.
"With a guy like Darrelle, he's a professional," Schiano said. "He knows what he needs to do to get ready. We're going to help him and make sure he's ready to go when we start."