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.