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After the injury report came out on Wednesday, it looks that starting left guard Ali Marpet suffered a concussion in the Bucs’ 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday. 

Marpet will be in concussion protocol for the time being, and since the game was a day later in the week, it hurts his chances of playing in the Bucs’ home match-up against the Saints on Sunday night due to having less time to recover. 

It’s no question that this would be a tough loss for the Bucs’ offensive line, who have allowed just two sacks over the past three games. Marpet is a leader on the unit and considered arguably the best lineman they have on the team. Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 84.9 for his performance during the year so far.

If Marpet can’t go for the game on Sunday, the Bucs have a few options they can choose to replace him. Backup center A.Q. Shipley, who Bruce Arians has praised highly, can move over a spot and play there.

Tampa Bay can also decide to put Joe Haeg in at guard, but we’ve seen him used as an extra blocker on the edge of the line in his own package over the last two games. Another route they could go is with backup guard and third-year player, Aaron Stinnie.

While it’s their second consecutive primetime game and third of the season overall, Sunday night’s meeting with the Saints will be the first one of the year for the Bucs at home with first place in the NFC South at stake.

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10 months ago

Great. That’s not good.

Reply to  fredster
10 months ago

That’s not good might be the understatement of the month. We are not catching breaks on injuries. Vea, Godwin, Evans and now Marpet right when we are taking on the Saints with the division title on the line. This really sucks!

Reply to  gcolerick
10 months ago

And OJ Howard

10 months ago

Crap… That’s not good… Hopefully Haeg and/or Shipley can step in and at least play avg to above avg. I still find it crazy that for such an important position groups that it isn’t more standard to have better backups. I know everyone would love to but it is so rare. I think Haeg would be the go to if not for just starting experience alone.

10 months ago

An open hole next to D-Smith against the Saints, not good…. But with a small change up like a quick route passing game to WR’s & Fournette and run RoJo run…. Wirfs we need ya man.

Reply to  Sactobuc
10 months ago

Yeah I’d rather see quick passes and field 3 wideouts then a base package with an extra blocking TE.

10 months ago

Haeg has been a turnstile when not holding. I’d rather see another option.

10 months ago

Man that hurts

10 months ago

Bucs have the next man up philosophy. Every team has injuries. I still like Bucs’ chances this week.

Go Bucs!

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