Not only did Tampa Bay lose in New Orleans, 31-24, on Sunday, the Bucs also lost the right side of their line. Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson had been battling a calf injury the last two weeks and succumbed to a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter against the Saints, but the bigger loss could be right guard Alex Cappa, who suffered a broken arm in the second quarter but played through the injury.

“I do have to commend Alex Cappa, he broke his arm in the second quarter and played the entire game,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “He’ll miss a few weeks, but it’s the next man up, you can’t make excuses. We’ll have a new right side of our line this week.”

Veteran Earl Watford, who played for Arians and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin in Arizona, will replace Cappa at right guard.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RT Demar Dotson
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Getty Images

Josh Wells, who was signed by Tampa Bay on September 9, replaced Dotson in the fourth quarter and will start on Sunday in London when the Bucs host the Carolina Panthers. The 6-foot-6, 306-pound Wells has nine starts in 34 games in four seasons with Jacksonville.

“I doubt he plays this week, we’ll see,” Arians said. “Josh Wells will go in there.”

Dotson, who turns 34 on October 11, is in the final year of his contract with the Bucs.

“I’m trying to hang on,” Dotson said. “Gotta see how bad the hamstring is – I get an MRI tomorrow and we’ll see how bad that is. It’s one thing after another popping up, my calf was on my left leg, so I think I was overcompensating on my right leg, and now I got a hamstring on that leg. That’s the nature of the beast – Father Time is starting to knock at the door but I ain’t ready to answer the door yet.”

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  1. Great, a weakness gets even weaker. This is why you draft a guy like risner last year. To think dot would make it a full season is foolish hope at his age. Kudos to cappa for playing through a broken arm. I cant imagine that pain.

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    • Correct, its what everyone knew coming into this season & a big reason I’m disappointed in this coaching staff right now. It’s like they didn’t watch any tape of this team from the year before and they went into draft and came out with a bunch of shiny new DB’s. Please everybody stop with the blame Licht drafting stuff, as part of the deal Licht gave BA control over the 53 man roster so its all BA. If these players,coaches,schemes don’t work its BA’s fault because he could have blew it all up this offseason but chose not to. No excuses!

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      • BAs fault lol. The starting CBs were drafted before BA arrived, try again.

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  2. Great comment by The Dot. He knows his time is drawing near due to the injuries he’s suffering but he’s still putting up the good fight and make no mistake about it, he’s the best RT we have on the team right now due to poor drafting by Licht.
    If only we could see some of our “soft” DBs put up the same gritty fight as Dot this team would be 4-1 instead of 2-3.

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  3. Cappa is a big loss. Wow. I was pulling for this kid, as he has had such a big turnaround. Broken Arm? Only a few weeks? With eleven games left in the Season, how effective can he be by the end of the Season?

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  4. Love it when a loss gets worse after the game 🙄 kudos to Cappa. What a beast to play through a broken arm. We knew Dotson was what he is. If there’s any question where we need to concentrate in the next draft it’s clearer by the day.

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  5. Wow well there goes our decent luck with injuries. O line injuries especially were the one thing I thought could derail this team very quickly. No depth and starters on right we’re question mark. I guess I’d rather lose Those two over Marpet or Jensen but still sucks. Cappa was playing well. I will be surprised if Dotsons replacement is any worse really. Will see.

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  6. How come I knew Dotson wouldn’t make it through a season, but Licht didn’t? I’ve been wanting the Bucs to replace him after last season. I thought Risner would’ve been a better draft choice then Bunting since the draft. For now I’d move Marpet back to RG with whoever plays RT, and stick Bailey who played LG in college in next to the vet Smith.

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  7. How come this page says that we are 3 and 2? Just asking….Was the game I watched a bad dream?

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    • LMAO PR staff trolling us.

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  8. TBH, I think the way we overcome this (if that’s possible) is by changing the game plan…no more 25 yard, down field routes for Evans. Shorten-up the field, get the ball out faster, play 5 yards at a time, with the occasional shot….not the other way around. Otherwise, Winston will be next on this list…

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    • We finally agree!

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  9. This is not the end of the world. Bucs can still beat the Panthers if they got their head on straight.

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  10. You can never have enough OL at the NFL level. You need to be drafting an OL every year to develop given the salary cap realities.

    Fortunately the Bucs picked up Wells, Watford, and Hawkins. Unfortunately the Bucs have a big question mark heading into 2020 with no young talented players in the pipeline to compete at the tackle spots. Cappa showed great development.

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  11. I was out of town yesterday so no chance to watch the game, but I did look at the stats. Let me guess; offense was too conservative, Shaq was doubled the entire game and nobody else stepped up to put pressure on Bridgewater, secondary still giving up way to many yards through the air?

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    • You sure you didn’t watch the game? Lol

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  12. I am proud of Cappa mastering RG and playing through injury Sunday. Instead of us using a first round choice on a RT next year they need to put Cappa there since he was a Tackle in College. Then move Marpet to RG where he played great in the past and put D. Smith inside at LG. Then use our first round pick on a LT. For now use Watford at RG and the Tackle from Jacksonville at RT.

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  13. Holy crap he played O Line in the NFL against 300 pound beasts with a broken arm????????? Wow that is toughness!!!!!!!!! Go Bucs

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  14. This truly is a punch to the gut. Both Dotson and Cappa injured at the same time! That stinks 🙁

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  15. Cappa is tough, wish him a speedy recovery…this is really unfortunate for our already thin line. I would trade for a linemen using a late pick if possible.

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  16. Give BA credit, thats why picked up Watford for RG and J Wells to play RT. Not a big deal really. I think we will be fine, not replacing All Pros or anything like that, Doty wasnt drafted and Cappa from DIII. Losing left side would be way bigger issue. We will be alright. Now any further losses may be huge, although still have replacement OT, with Jerald Hawkins from Pittsburgh. MAybe we will get new QB?!

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  17. Broken arm, pulled hamstring or Winston’s 6 sacks. The whole line was just off. At least the Ray’s won!

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  18. I remember the playoff game against the Rams in 1979 when Jack Youngblood played with a broken leg (the little one) that inspired the entire team. Perhaps Cappa should have let his teammates know he was playing with a broken arm. I’m impressed with the former “bust”.

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  19. What truly worries me if Marpet or Smith gets hurt, what then? I agree play calling needs to change from game to game, we have one of the best tight end duos in the game as well as receiver duo Evans and Godwin, running backs were open in the flat from what i saw. We don’t need to throw the long ball every other play, get the ball out fast with short to intermediate plays. Were is the imaginative play calling? not seeing much at all. Winston is gonna get hurt if he sits back there waiting for plays to develop, especially now. Secondary please stop a pass, any pass….please.

    D. White returns next game, gonna need him to step up and flash his speed, gonna need help covering Olsen. Hopefully J. Dean can take over for HG3, and move him to slot were he plays much better, Please get better soon JPP, Cappa, Dotson.

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  20. Cappa must have a hairline fracture if 1)he was able to play after it happened on Sunday 2) they expect him back soon. A compound fracture would take much longer to heal. In essence he has a cracked bone. Dotson is a typical O-Line guy, you hurt from the first day of training camp until the last snap of the season. Most players play with something that hurts, just the nature of the game.

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