The Bucs’ playoff victory over the Washington Football Team on Saturday saw wide receiver Mike Evans bounce back with a big performance after suffering a knee injury in Week 17, but the Bucs found themselves now facing another crucial injury as right guard Alex Cappa left the game with an ankle injury.

Offensive guard Ted Larsen was elevated from the practice squad earlier in the week and ultimately stepped into Cappa’s place for the remainder of the game, but head coach Bruce Arians gave an injury update in his post-game press conference that insinuated the Bucs’ could be moving forward without their starting right guard.

“It looks like a fracture,” Arians said. “Hopefully we’ll check on another X-ray with a better X-ray machine but right now it does not look good.”

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PatrioticChief
18 days ago

I hate to be that guy but that’s a potential death stroke. Larsen was a dumpster fire. This team has zero OL depth. Teams should be able to survive the loss of a RG but if you don’t actually have someone who can play RG it’s devastating with a statue like Brady.

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RW
Reply to  PatrioticChief
18 days ago

Larsen wasn’t as bad as you say. Jensen was 50% responsible for at least one of the 2 sacks by Payne. Godwin’s drops and Vaughn’s fumble hurt the team much more.

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PatrioticChief
Reply to  RW
18 days ago

You could be right, I’ll wait for the film review, but boy did he look bad from what I could see.

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DerLutz
Reply to  RW
18 days ago

The question I ask myself is, why was Jensen double team with Marpet. He should help Larson every snap. Marpet can handle every Passrusher alone

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EastEndBoy
18 days ago

Reality is at this point in the season every team is dealing with injuries….the Aints are having to figure out if Brees can keep playing with broken ribs. If we have to go with a backup RG, well it could be worse.

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gcolerick
Reply to  EastEndBoy
18 days ago

Hoping next year’s first and second round draft picks are trench picks…..need depth!

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Vinsane38
Reply to  EastEndBoy
17 days ago

True, the Browns took all of them!

But to that point, that piecemeal OL handled the very good Steeler D. Of course, Baker is exponentially more mobile than Brady.

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Buc76
18 days ago

We got bigger problems on defense.

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76bucsfan46
18 days ago

That’s aweful news, Larsen was terrible and Haig is no better. Shout out Donavan Smith for playing well tonight. I don’t think theirs time to find another Guard because of covid protocols.

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BigSombrero
18 days ago

I like Cappa’s toughness, but an ankle fracture is much harder to play on versus a forearm fracture like last year. Ted Larsen was a liability in comparison, but he’s the least of the problems next week vs. the Saints DL or the Rams DL.

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Spitfire
18 days ago

Good part is filling for one at RG and next to Wirfs should be better than filling in at LG and next to Smith. The middle is the middle but there’s a reason Marpet is our best lineman and at LG and not RG. Cappa has been great but if one spot on the Oline needed to be filled that would be it. All they can do is keep moving forward. Brady got good protection most of the night. Ride or Die, we’ve got a lot goin right and our Defense should be at full strength and hopefully more solid… Read more »

thewbacca
18 days ago

Cappa’s had a great season hate it for him. Tampa will need to be creative to adjust. Hopefully Larsen is a half step better with a week to prepare and our RBs are ready to pick up blitzes.

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MikeJ813
18 days ago

Damn not good, Larsen was ass. Maybe will be better with first team reps but against a Saints or Rams defense next week this is a huge blow

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scubog
18 days ago

After Donovan Smith neutralized Chase “I Want Tom” Young, is Ted Larsen now in the “Whipping Boy” seat? The guy was on the street a month ago. I’m willing to cut him some slack for a week.

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gg720
Reply to  scubog
17 days ago

Don’t care if he has been on the team for 3 years, he is not an offensive lineman in this league. Totally got manhandled! He didn’t even have the speed to move with the D lineman on the other side even as small as he is!

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Horse
17 days ago

Larsen will have a full week to work on his position. The man has a lot of heart. I would play him over any other present option at this point.

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twspin
17 days ago

Don’t matter. Other teams got injuries too. If you are tryin to get to the SB, then you gotta beat 2 really great teams along the way anyways. No fakin at this point. You either ball out and take your rear ends home. Seems like to me though, we got some real Big problems once an offense gets past David and White. Our secondary looks Comatose. I’m sure teams have picked up on it.

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matador
17 days ago

No quality depth on the lines. We’ve been saying it for years. This neutralizes Gronk we’ll have to keep him in to block.

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