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.
No Ali Marpet at Bucs practice tonight, so that could represent a setback as he tries to return from concussion protocol.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) November 21, 2020
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.