Given the Buccaneers’ already shaky offensive line situation, seeing rookie left tackle Donovan Smith at practice Monday in a walking boot is not a good sign.
The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, though it all but confirms he won’t suit up for the fourth preseason game this Thursday against Miami. Starters rarely play in Week 4 when healthy, let alone if they’re injured in any way.
Smith’s introduction into the NFL has provided it’s share of tests. Through the first three weeks of the preseason, the Penn State product has lined up against the likes of defensive ends, Everson Griffin and Carlos Dunlap and linebackers Desmond Bryant and Paul Kruger, to name a few. As expected, Smith’s play has been up and down thus far. At times he’s displayed his youth and inexperience while also showing poise and promise for the future over the last three games.
Regardless of his progression, the Buccaneers need Smith healthy for their September 13 matchup against Tennessee. The team is already thin at offensive tackle, and would certainly like their second round draft pick to be ready for Week 1.
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It is way too early to panic. But, I am getting a little nervous.
Much like you said above labuc, too early to panic, but I’m close. This whole offensive line situation is getting scary right now.
I’d have to say nervous is an understatement for me. We seem to be Dr. Jeckell / Mr. Hyde at most positions. Hard to figure where we are going at times.
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We are more like the invisible man at most Oline positions! No need to panic, we have experience watching a poor oline, we now know what to expect.
We should try tp stay realistic. We had a bad OL and DE positions last season. It takes more than one draft to straighten this out. This is another forgiveness year for Lovie; then after this season he will be on the hot seat. Go Bucs!
Put smith on TRL for 10 weeks them bring smith back for the remainer of the season. I believe that Tampa is not going to the playoffs with all these injuries get them ready for 2016. I see the fustrated buc fans but their is hope. It takes one game at a time. Go Bucs
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