Head coach Lovie Smith didn’t give a time-table for when Demar Dotson, who sprained his knee Saturday, would return, but Monday’s news could reveal that it might be awhile before the athletic lineman is fully healed.
The Buccaneers are visiting with former Colt’s tackle Gosder Cherilus, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.
Cherilus, 31, was a first-round pick by the Lions in 2008 where he would play his first five seasons. In 2013 he signed a five-year, $35 million deal with Indianapolis, playing at right tackle opposite Anthony Castonzo on the left. Cherilus started all 18 games (including postseason) for the Colts in 2013 and started 13 games last season, missing the final two weeks due to a groin injury that landed him on IR. The former Boston College star was released on July 26.
After revealing that Demar Dotson would miss a period of time, Lovie Smith was asked Sunday about the immediate plans. The head coach alluded to the current roster, which could include one more piece as early as Monday. If Tampa Bay signs Cherilus, he’ll join Patrick Omameh, Kevin Pamphile and Reid Fragel as possible replacements at right tackle.
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We need some kind of quality depth regardless of Dotson’s injury. Get him while he has some chance of learning the system and fitting in before the regular season, don’t mess around, just get it done.
I like the vet they picked up how about 3 more offensive linemen and the first two pivks in 2016 draft should be two offensive linemen 1-oc and one ot go bucs
Agree with Buctebow.
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