After suffering a concussion that forced him to miss a week of practice and the Bucs’ Week 9 match-up with the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday, left guard Ali Marpet returned to practice on Wednesday.

In his post-practice press conference, head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on Marpet’s status as the Bucs look ahead to another divisional game against the Carolina Panthers this week.

“Ali’s in the final phases of the (concussion) protocol,” Arians said. “We’ll wait and see to evaluate but it looks like he came out fine. We’ll wait to see if he gets any recurring headaches.”

Offensive lineman Joe Haeg filled in for Marpet on Sunday, allowing three quarterback hits, four hurries and seven pressures in his lone start.

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76bucsfan46
76bucsfan46 (@76bucsfan46)
1 year ago

Boy we sure hope Ali’s back and at full capacity.

bucballer
bucballer (@bucballer)
1 year ago

I guess we saw how valuable Marpet was/is to the offensive line and Brady’s continued good health and remaining upright. We need ya big fella! Glad ur healing up!

warren
warren (@warren)
1 year ago

Hopefully, Marpet will be back Sunday, although were a dozen other problems than guard.

Toucan
Toucan (@toucan)
1 year ago

Cameron Brate was pretty successful when Jameis was QB. He could be a better option for catching the football than Gronk from what I have seen.

Eddie
Eddie (@oct62020)
Reply to  Toucan
1 year ago

The TV broadcasters were saying Gronk has a bad shoulder, if so, they should reduce his play time and let Brate play more

Dave
Dave (@bucball02)
Reply to  Toucan
1 year ago

Completely disagree. Brate has the same ability as a TE as far as being an athlete. Both are catch and fall guys at this point. Neither have any yac ability. Only difference is, Gronk is a much much better blocker, and he’s still a force when thrown that over the shoulder fade in the back of the end zone. Even compromised, he’s still more valuable than Brate. And up until this past week, he’s looked really good the past month. This game was a throw away for the entire team. Writing anyone off over this game, is a bad idea.… Read more »

danielob
danielob (@danielob)
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Gronk looked really off, not on his game to say the least. Auclair is a better option as a blocker with Brate as a receiver option.

Dave
Dave (@bucball02)
Reply to  danielob
1 year ago

Completely 100% disagree on both. Auclair is NOT a better blocker, and Brate is not a better pass catching option. Don’t know what you’ve been watching. Brate offers the same as every other mediocre TE in the league does. Reliable hands, absolutely ZERO playmaking ability. He’s nothing more than a catch and fall TE. Even at less than 100% Gronk offers so much more as a pass catcher. Whether it’s down the seam, or in the red zone. It’s not really that close either

danielob
danielob (@danielob)
1 year ago

Guess Left Guard is not Haeg’s best position, ha ha.

Horse
Horse (@horse)
1 year ago

Good to here.