After being a full participant in Thursday’s practice it appeared Bucs left guard Ali Marpet would return to action in Week 11, but on Friday Tampa Bay’s best offensive lineman may have suffered a setback. According to The Athletic’s Greg Auman, Marpet did not practice on Friday night, which would have been a pivotal session for him in his return from a concussion that has sidelined the former second round pick since Week 8.

If Marpet can’t play on Sunday, it would be his third consecutive game day absence after missing just eight contests over the first five years of his career. Until his injury in Week 8, Marpet had started 40 consecutive games for the Bucs, not missing a start since 2017.

The focus is obviously on Marpet’s personal well being at this time, but there is no denying the Bucs could really use him on Monday night. The Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald come to town, and without Marpet the Bucs will be forced to return to the duo of Ryan Jensen at left guard and A.Q. Shipley at center. The pair played admirably in Week 10, but the Panthers’ interior defensive line pales in comparison to Donald, and even teammate Michael Brockers.

The Bucs and Rams do battle on Monday Night Football in Week 11. The team will practice again on Saturday, and Marpet’s status will be something to monitor.

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8 months ago

If marpet doesn’t play, Aaron donald and brockers are going to eat us alive.

8 months ago

Ryan Jenson is sob bro! He ain’t afraid to mix it up. I think he man ups and plays a solid game as Bucs continue their winning ways with eyes towards a playoff birth…

8 months ago

Do they have film of the play where Marpet got hurt??

8 months ago

I really hope he gets better without rushing back to soon. It’s scary to have a concussion but more so when it takes more than a few days to recover.
Yes we need him but his long term health is more important.

Reply to  MichaelN
8 months ago

This is not a few days…..this is a few weeks.

8 months ago

According to the article… “If Marpet can’t play on Sunday…”. He wouldn’t be the only one of the Bucs not playing on Sunday. The game is Monday. SMDH…proofread!!

8 months ago

Could be the medical staff just want to give Marpet enough time to rest in between practices. Sort of save him for the game

8 months ago

The Injury bug is starting to take its toll.

Reply to  seat26
8 months ago

How is having one single player possibly being out an “injury bug”? This is the healthiest this team has been all season and only one starter possibly being out is actually great luck considering the issues this team has faced in the past

Reply to  chefboho
8 months ago

You’re right chef. Going up against the Rams and not having our best lineman available probably makes it feel worse than it really is. What I find hard to believe is that a hit that looks like it is going to put Ali out of commission for three weeks or possibly longer has not been shown on youtube or this site. Where the hell is the video of this hit or is it a situation where they do not know what hit caused this injury.

Reply to  chefboho
8 months ago

People just say shit. I agree, we’ve been as lucky as anybody on injuries. Look at the Pants, Mac’s been out, now Bridgewater is doubtful. The Saints lost Drew Brees for god knows how long. No, we’ve been lucky indeed.

8 months ago

The games we have lost this year we got behind and didn’t run well. You have to run the ball or pass rush will kill us! Defense will have to step up and play a great game because if we fall behind and get in passing mode we all know what that looks like (Saints) and Arians doesn’t like to change to plan at all.