After coming into close contact with a family member who has tested positive for COVID-19, Bucs starting left tackle Donovan Smith will miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Smith has played in every game this season until now. He released a statement through the team on the situation.
Without Smith, the Bucs will likely turn to Josh Wells, a veteran backup who has played just 19 snaps this season. Wells is in his second season with Tampa Bay, but struggled last season in 203 snaps, allowing 14 pressures and three sacks while committing four penalties. The Bucs would hope to get Smith back for the Lions game on Saturday, December 26, but it remains to be seen how his COVID tests will go over the next few days.