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.
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.”