After starting right guard Alex Cappa suffered an ankle injury against the Washington Football Team on Satuday, head coach Bruce Arians announced that the team feared Cappa had suffered a fracture following initial X-rays, but that they would take more X-rays to be sure.

Arians confirmed on Monday that Cappa did fracture his ankle and will be out for the Bucs’ upcoming match-up with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, with backup offensive guard Aaron Stinnie set to start for Tampa Bay.

“Alex has a fracture so he’ll be out,” Arians said. “Aaron Stinnie will start and he’s done a good job for us so he’s more than ready to play.”

Stinnie was originally signed as an undrafted free agent to the Tennessee Titans in 2018 before being waived and ultimately landing with Tampa Bay in 2019. Stinnie has played 30 offensive snaps for the Bucs in 2020, all at left guard, with 25 of them coming in Tampa Bay’s big win over the Detroit Lions in Week 16.

While Stinnie was inactive for the Bucs against Washington, guard Ted Larsen stepped in and played in Cappa’s place for the remainder of the game following his injury.

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4 months ago

Hopefully he’ll be an upgrade to Larsen.. Sucks that we lost Shipley.. moving Jensen to guard worked out pretty well for us..

Reply to  TBChucky
4 months ago

Thought the same thing. Jensen, Shipley, and Marpet in the interior would give me a lot of confidence. This doesn’t look promising.

4 months ago

Yeah it’s a real shame we lost Shipley. Stinnie is in and it’s all or nothing! I think this year, finally having solid play across the line we realize the hole that is created when one gets hurt more than ever before. Hopefully this is a lesson for our front office and all the posters that don’t think drafting good Olinemen early and often is a good idea simply because they take time to develop. It should always be the Goal to have a starting quality Tackle Guard and Center waiting in the wings. Even just someone that’s serviceable and… Read more »

Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

Cappa too, and isn’t Shipley helping out with coaching the o-line? Remember Arians said when Shipley got hurt that his coaching career would start a little early.

4 months ago

Thank goodness!

4 months ago

He played some defensive line in college so maybe it helps him with insight. Let’s hope he knocks it out of the park Sunday

4 months ago

SR predicted they might start Stinnie. Supposedly he’s looked decent. Really sucks losing Cappa.. He was a pleasant surprise this year..

4 months ago

So if Stinnie is the back up RG, why did they stick Larson out there? Stinnie has been with the team, Larson I assumed was signed more as depth when we lost Ship. Larson was a waste of time 10 years ago when we had him. So who’s bad decision was it to send Larson in? He almost got Brady killed. That’s bad coaching. It’s bad that our G.M. left us with back ups like Larson, and Haeg, instead of young talent ready to step in. This Scott Reynolds is why some fans are still down on Licht.

Reply to  surferdudes
4 months ago

I believe they thought going with the more experienced player would be better in such a pivotal game. Hopefully Stinnie provides energy and power, because Payne took Larsen’s lunch because he’s undersized.