Tampa Bay was relieved to learn Wednesday that rookie guard Arron Sears only sustained a sprained ankle during Tuesday afternoon’s practice at One Buccaneer Place.
The injury was a scary moment for the Bucs and Sears, who entered the NFL in April as a second-round draft pick out of Tennessee. Sears went down during a full team pass protection drill. He could not put weight on his right ankle and had to be helped to the sideline by several of his teammates.
Sears was eventually carted off the practice field and eventually placed on crutches and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
The bad news is Sears might be sidelined for Saturday night’s preseason game in Miami. The good news is there’s a good chance Sears will return to practice and the starting lineup in time for Tampa Bay’s regular season opener vs. Seattle on Sept. 9.
“He’ll be okay,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Sears. “He’ll be out a couple of days. It’s nothing serious.”
Anthony Davis, who has started the past two seasons at left tackle, will start in Sears’ place. Dan Buenning could also see extended playing time at left guard due to Sears’ injury and absence.
In other injury news, Bucs cornerback Phillip Buchanon (hand), safety Tanard Jackson (hamstring) and offensive lineman Jeb Terry (leg) were held out of Wednesday’s practice.
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