It’s been an offseason full of good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’ve had new contracts signed from some of their top players, and have introduced some fresh faces to their roster in hopes of improving their 5-11 record from last season as well.

But, in some recent news first reported by Ian Rapoport, Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson recently had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will likely miss the team’s entire offseason program before the preseason begins.

Dotson was placed on IR in 2017 following the team’s game in Atlanta against the Falcons after he suffered a knee injury that tore his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Dotson, who will be 33 years old in 2018, was playing what he called some of his best football before he got hurt.

This recent injury to his meniscus was likely due to something that happened recently, not something that happened during the 2017 season, though perhaps it was due to a rehab of that initial injury. Meniscus surgery isn’t like ACL surgery where it takes months and months to recover, and because of that the team is hopefully that they will have Dotson back by the start of training camp.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Need more draft picks.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Agree – more drat picks. That said, meniscus is the least serious injury. This sounds like the equivalent of lube, oil and filter type thing. If it was play or accident related he’d have had it done in January. Rehab is pretty straight forward. Should be back for camp.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

Bucs also have Leonard Wester, Avery Young and Brad Seaton that can handle RT until Dotson returns. Seaton might be an under-the-radar type that could push for reps this year.

Spartan01
Spartan01
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

Yes, interested to see what Seaton has to offer. He is a big guy. Apparently he is much better on the right side, but let’s hope Dotson comes back without a hitch.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/brad-seaton?id=2558772

“Not powerful but balanced and fundamentally sound, Seaton has some potential to grow into a quality swing tackle”

Looks like Avery is pretty versatile, but someone that they’d prefer at guard due to “lack of necessary lateral agility”, although he can play right tackle as well.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

His return on time should not be a problem. Of the many types of knee injuries this is one of the least serious. You can had this surgery and literally walk out after you wake up. Of course there are greater and lesser degrees of a meniscus tear but I’d think they would have reported it as being serious if in fact it was. Typical surgeries on a tear is a stich or 2 and cleaning out loose tissue. However it does have an impact and you grow older. Osteoarthritis of the knee is essentially the degeneration of the meniscus… Read more »

Brooks Dunn-Winston
Brooks Dunn-Winston
4 years ago

I really like Geron Christian.

Pit of misery
Pit of misery
4 years ago

Big time set back Godspeed my friend !

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

Explains the McGlinchey visit…

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

I have no personal knowledge about this injury, but Google is my friend. For the most part, rehabilitation can be carried out at home, although the doctor may recommend physical therapy. Rehabilitation time for a meniscus repair is about 3 months. A meniscectomy requires less time for healing — approximately 3 to 4 weeks. (OrthoInfo – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) For a seasoned veteran without a coaching change and coming back to a familiar offensive system, OTAs are not that important that’s why for the most part they are voluntary. Dotson should be fine barring any setback in rehab… Read more »

Sneedy16
Sneedy16
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Thanks for the info

Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Good data, I wonder how accurate it is in applying to a 33 year old playing an intense physical sport. I wonder if this might affect his overall performance even if just from a psychological standpoint

plopes808
plopes808
4 years ago

Well, I guess better now than later. Get healthy soon my man, we need u out there

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

The Needs of this team are quickly tipping the balance in the Best player available debate for the upcoming draft.

4halfabuc
4halfabuc
4 years ago

With Dotson on the shelf, a trade with the Bills looks even more likely from the Bucs perspective especially if they can get #12 and # 22 and a lower round pick.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

Does this change Bucs draft strategies?

Ja'crispy
Ja'crispy
4 years ago

McGlinchey?