The Tampa Bay Buccaneers likely will start the 2008 regular season without one of their key contributors along the offensive line.
PewterReport.com has confirmed reports from earlier today that stated Bucs starting right guard Davin Joseph broke his foot during Tampa Bay's 27-10 win over New England on Sunday night and could miss significant playing time.
Joseph was held out of practice on Tuesday, which was the same day the team saw quarterback Jeff Garcia (calf), wide receiver Joey Galloway (groin) and defensive tackle Jovan Haye (groin) return to the practice field.
A former first-round draft pick, Joseph has started 28 of the 29 games he's played during his two-year career. A report in the St. Petersburg Times suggested Joseph had surgery on Monday and could be sidelined 4-8 weeks. The Bucs have not disclosed how much playing time their starting right guard is expected to miss.
Joseph missed the 2006 regular season opener due to a knee injury he sustained in practice that year.
The Bucs likely will play rookie Jeremy Zuttah in place of Joseph. Zuttah, a third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, has seen significant playing time at guard and center in training camp and preseason. The team could also consider playing C/G Dan Buenning in Zuttah's place. Buenning has started 23 games at left guard since entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick in 2005.
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