With a number of the Bucs’ starters appearing on Tampa Bay’s injury report this week, head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on the statuses of left tackle Donovan Smith, left guard Ali Marpet and cornerback Jamel Dean on Friday.

“Donovan will be a game-time decision,” Arians said. “He’ll go out and try it before the game, kind of like we did in Detroit last year. A.Q. is out for sure and Ali is still in the protocol. We’ll wait and see, he’ll be questionable also. So both [Marpet and Smith] are questionable. Dean, [Tanner] Hudson and Shipley are out.”

With Dean ruled out, veteran cornerback Ross Cockrell will step up in his place. On the offensive line however, a lot of moving pieces are in place. With Marpet ruled out for the Bucs’ last three contests, Tampa Bay initially went with Joe Haeg at left guard but made a move to Ryan Jensen at left guard with Shipley stepping in at center for the following week.

Should Marpet be cleared to play, Jensen will move back to center and Tampa Bay’s offensive line will largely be back to normal, pending the availability of Smith. In Smith’s lone missed start of his career, a Week 15 match-up against Detroit in 2019, offensive tackle Josh Wells started in his absence.

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cptsora
8 months ago

It’s a good sign that Marpet has gone to full practice 3 days in a row. The questionable is better then a doubtful or just straight up out. Here’s hoping he can clear by Sunday.

drdneast
Reply to  cptsora
8 months ago

I concur.

Virtual_Camel
Reply to  cptsora
8 months ago

Wasn’t he full participation near the end of last week too and still couldn’t pass protocol?

cptsora
Reply to  Virtual_Camel
8 months ago

Just one though. This is his first time doing three in a row.

jrwilson85
8 months ago

The Bucs don’t have enough depth to beat teams like KC and Minnesota. Detroit will be tough up there and sweeping Atlanta is no gimme. Best case scenario is 10-6 and 9-7 seems more likely. I looking to next year. I go on the NFL draft simulator every day and make picks for the Bucs with my assumption of team needs and the assumption that the QB whisperer can rejuvenate Josh Rosen’s career. I don’t know if these picks will even be possible because the way they fall changes daily. Today I got one that I really liked though. Here… Read more »

matador
Reply to  jrwilson85
8 months ago

I like the emphasis on the lines but we need more help on the OL. Smith is a waste of $14 million or whatever we’re paying him, you can repurpose that money to bring in D-line help via FA. We need to spend three of our top five picks on the OL. Look what happened to the Raiders, they had a great starting five…that has started together all of three snaps. They’ve been forced to put draft picks into service but were able to – because their coach and GM understand how important the lines are and built quality depth.… Read more »

jrwilson85
Reply to  matador
8 months ago

I agree. One mock draft I got Samuel Cosmi LT Texas in the 1st and Walker Little OT Stanford in the 2nd. Little opted out his SR year due to Covid. He can play any position on the O-line.

surferdudes
8 months ago

This is Cockrell’s opportunity to take Dean’s job. Dean hasn’t exactly been special in coverage. I don’t see this as a great loss.