What was already a questionable unit heading into 2015, may have just taken a huge blow.
Buccaneers starting right tackle Demar Dotson left Saturday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings after suffering at least a sprained MCL in his left knee, and possibly a torn ACL. Dotson is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday in Tampa.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Getty Images
“Demar Dotson went down with a knee injury,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said after the game. “Can’t give you a lot more than that right now. He has a knee injury. That we will continue to evaluate.”
Dotson was carted off of the field and unable to put any weight on his left leg after his injury right before halftime. The injury happened when Tampa Bay took over with :25 left in the second quarter following a recovery of a fumble. Dotson was the only Bucs starting lineman that was still in the game at that point which will certainly give reason for many to second guess the staff’s decision to have the team’s most tenured player still in the game at that point.
Dotson, who had been in contract talks with the Buccaneers for a raise and a contract extension, is listed first on the depth chart at right tackle with Patrick Omameh listed as the backup. Tampa Bay’s other in-house options at tackle could include Pamphile, Kevin Pamphile, Reid Fragel, who was the second-string right tackle at Minnesota on Saturday, and Edawn Coughman.
If Dotson’s injury is confirmed to be severe, expect Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht to investigate a potential trade or look over the depleted pool of free agent tackles that are still available, like former Atlanta tackle Sam Baker and former Indianapolis tackle Gosder Cherilus, who has 100 NFL starts. The Bucs also have the first waiver claim of released players until Week 3 of the regular season.
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Injury did not look good. One of worst players for bucs to lose. Will need to pick someone up for sure I think.
How sad. What a bad stroke of luck for Dotson. Hopefully it’s not the ACL.
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This O-line was thin in talent as it was with Dotson. Now, Pamphile. Are you kidding me? I maintain Winston will be on IR by the 4th game because of pathetic line. Glennon won’t do much better and go out with injuries. By that time it won’t matter who is QB. Gutting the line in Lovie’s first season was just plain stupid. If the Bucs win 4 games this season it will be a miracle. Losing Winston to injury will be a dagger in the heart of Bucs fans.
Of all the things that went wrong or didn’t go right last night, the possible loss of Dotson is the one for which I’m most concerned. The LT and RT are critical for Winston’s development which as you saw needs a lot of work. Both are positions for which we have no depth. This would be a tough loss!
It’s a real shame when a player gets hurt in an exhibition game. I know Dot is the starting RT for a reason; mainly because we have no one better; but I’ve never thought he was anything special. Plus I always thought it a factor with him being so tall that QB’s may have difficulty seeing. Regardless, I hope he returns soon.
Don’t see him back best case before October; probably is going to have some kind of surgery which will put him out for the year. Some of these rookies and one year players have an opportunity to step up and play. Go Bucs
October? Not if torn ACL….my son had his done end of May…still in Physical Therapy, and about another three months of his own than should be back to normal…and he doesn’t play football any more, nor carry over three hundred pounds. Next year…OK…but if ACL is ruptured…don’t think so this year.
And not that my son had a bad Ortho…did three hour microsurgery on no mans land tendons and nerve and almost 100% six months later…ACL just takes time to heal…cadaver transplant for him likely…they took two of his own Hamstring tendons, but future athletes usually do the former, so we were told. Athletes need all their Hamstring tendons or it is “rob peter to pay paul”.
to carify, my hand no man’s land tendons…tried to be succinct, and instead caused lack of clarity.
This is serious bad news. Our best OL might be out for the year ? Winston, welcome to the NFL. The view from the grass of the stadium is great.
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