The earliest the Bucs might know if CB Darrelle Revis will play Sunday against the Panthers is pregame warmups.

Revis, who strained his groin against the Lions, participated in a walkthrough but did not practice Thursday for the second straight day.

"We'll know more (today)," coach Greg Schiano said. "It is an injury where rest helps it."

If Revis cannot play, the Bucs will have to decide if rookie CB Johnthan Banks will cover Steve Smith, Carolina's top receiver.

Quotable: "The more you just study Carolina, you just see not only how talented they are, but how well-coached they are. They're doing all the things that allow you to win football games. They're not doing the things that cause you to lose football games." — Schiano on the Panthers, who have won seven straight since a 1-3 start

BLOCK THAT PUNT: LB Dekoda Watson swatted one away two weeks ago against the Falcons. CB Danny Gorrer got one at Detroit on Sunday, making the Bucs the first team to have blocked punts in consecutive games since the Ravens in 2000.

Schiano's teams at Rutgers were known for blocking punts. But when he got to the NFL, the prevailing thought was it would be hard to duplicate it.

"I don't know if it was an individual who said that to me; just the overall feeling was that … this is a return league; that the snappers and punters got it off so quick that you couldn't get there," Schiano said. "They do, and people adjust to us. So they know that we're a punt block team, and they get the ball off more quickly. So it is harder for us as time goes on, but that's okay, too. If they change or alter their timing because of what we're doing, then usually that brings a good result.