The Bucs are fairly healthy entering the regular season, but their offensive line depth has taken some heavy losses this summer. Tampa Bay added another lineman to injured reserve on Sunday, activating guard Earl Watford off the COVID list to move him to IR. Watford was signed a couple weeks ago to help the team weather injuries on the offensive line.

Watford becomes the Bucs fifth offensive lineman added to the injured reserve list this offseason. OT Brad Seaton, OG Sadarius Hutcherson, OL John Molchon and C Donell Stanley are also on IR. The Bucs enter the season with their top nine offensive linemen on the roster, but every other lineman that opened camp with the team is now on injured reserve.

Watford played for Bucs head coach Bruce Arians in Arizona, before joining him in Tampa Bay in 2019. The veteran guard has been on and off the team for a couple years now. He’s capable of playing guard or center, and is a strong leader in the locker room. Because of new injured reserve rules, Watford is eligible to return to practice after the first three games.

DT Ndamukong Suh is now the only Bucs player remaining on the COVID list. Arians previously said that Suh should be activated by Monday.

The Bucs open the 2021 NFL season on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

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1 month ago

BA giving one of his boy a supplemental retirement income. I don’t think he or Licht are concrete on what they want the final 53 and practice squad to look like. I don’t think Watford was going to see the field this season anyway.

1 month ago

I bet this is how they make a deal to hang onto guys and keep paying them and not have to worry about them clearing waivers. Keeping them around in case there are Oline injuries along the way.

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1 month ago

That was my exact thought when I read this article Spit. The only problem with that, is if the Bucs come up with a rash of injuries on the offensive line in the first 2 weeks, we would still have to sign more o lineman. Best position group to be deep in by far.

1 month ago

According to the Bucs website, Donell Stanley hasn’t been on the IR list for quite some time.

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1 month ago

I wish I could get on the Arians friends and family plan.