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.