Not only will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to face the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on a short week, they may have to do it without some key players. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians gave injury updates for three Bucs who were injured in Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, in addition to left guard Ali Marpet, who has missed the last three games due to a concussion.
Marpet and cornerback Jamel Dean, who suffered a concussion while making a tackle in the third quarter, are in the concussion protocol and did not practice on Wednesday.
“Both those guys are still in the protocol,” Arians said. “I thank Ali’s getting closer, but the only other person that missed practice today was Donovan Smith with an ankle and A.Q. Shipley. We’ll see how the week goes, Donovan – he doesn’t miss many games so we got our fingers crossed that he’ll make it. We’ll see more on A.Q. tomorrow.”
Smith had his left ankle rolled up on during the Bucs’ first offensive play of the game and missed four plays before returning and finishing the game. Shipley suffered a stinger in the waning minutes of Monday Night Football, and although Arians said after the game that it didn’t appear to be severe, Shipley did miss Wednesday’s practice.
On the Bucs’ final drive, backup Aaron Stinnie came in for Shipley and then moved to left guard as the team moved center Ryan Jensen back to his original position. Arians said the Bucs would reshuffle the offensive line if Marpet and Shipley could not go against Kansas City.
“Yeah, Stinnie would go in at left guard and Ryan would go back to center,” Arians said.
Veteran reserve Ross Cockrell replaced Dean in the second half and played well.
“I’m comfortable with Ross – he does a good job,” Arians said on Tuesday. “He’s a very, very bright guy [and] a very dependable guy.”
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