After head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that starting right guard Alex Cappa suffered a fractured ankle against the Washington Football Team on Saturday, with Aaron Stinnie set to make his first career start in his place, the Bucs announced on Friday that they have placed Cappa on the injured reserve and signed veteran offensive lineman Earl Watford.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick to Arizona in 2013, Watford spent four seasons with the Cardinals under Arians before reuniting in Tampa Bay with his former head coach in 2019. Watford saw action in 15 games for the Bucs last year, starting four of them. With familiarity of the Bucs’ and Arians’ offensive, Watford could step in quickly and provide depth along the offensive line in Cappa’s absence.

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ScottC543
5 months ago

Truly sux about Cap. He’s become such a force for the Bucs, and there’s not a tougher guy on the field, period.

Hang in there, big guy, and feel better soon.

eaustinyoung
5 months ago

Watford is a good depth signing to cycle in on some snaps and keep the line fresh.

PiratePete71
Reply to  eaustinyoung
5 months ago

That’s what I was going to say even though the loss of Cappa is a slight blow to continuity’s sake for the O-Line, I’ve seen other teams in playoff history plug in Offensive line talent players and still not miss a beat. Let’s hope that holds up for the BUCS sake!!!

Pick6
5 months ago

let’s hope his conditioning is still there….it’s hard to keep those big bodies in working condition when you’re waiting for team to call you. Was he even in training camp with anybody?

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Pick6
5 months ago

Thats why he will be thrown in on a handful of snaps here and there. Stinnie is going to get the lions share.

fredster
5 months ago

Well regardless about Cappa We need Donovan Smith to play well. He was good last week, but He’s not been good against Saints in past. That said we haven’t had much luck when a guy goes down on this line. Haeg is horrible as is Larsen. Hoping we have diamond in the rough in Stinnie. We are due to have one step in and be decent all the backups can’t be horrible! Hopefully! Too bad about Shipley.

Eddie
Reply to  fredster
5 months ago

Donovan was good last week because Gronk was over there helping him block

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Eddie
5 months ago

Expect the same. You won’t see Gronk moving out into the seam as a receiver but he could sneak out for some Red Zone opportunities.