Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter told the media on Monday that the team was more beat up following the Falcons game than any other game so far this season.

Koetter wasn’t joking.

The  Buccaneers announced on Wednesday that tackle Demar Dotson and center Ali Marpet have been placed on Injured Reserve. The team has promoted tight end Alan Cross, defensive end Patrick O’Connor and wide receiver Bobo Wilson from the practice squad to the active roster and signed cornerback Deji Olatoye (pronounced Day-zhee OH-la-toy-aye) to the active roster.

Dotson and Marpet have each started all 11 games for Tampa Bay this season.

Former starter Joe Hawley most likely will fill in for Marpet for the remainder of the season. The right tackle position might be a little trickier. Kevin Pamphile could move from guard to fill in as he did when Dotson was injured late last season, or the Bucs could trust Caleb Benenoch, who subbed in for Dotson on Sunday at Atlanta. Pamphile’s availability to move to tackle may depend on the health of Evan Smith(concussion) who was unable to play the last two weeks due to a concussion. Pamphile was also shaken up in the Atlanta game and had to leave briefly. His availability for Sunday could also be in question.

Bucs RT Demar Dotson - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

In addition to Dotson and Marpet out for the year, the Bucs could also be without running back Doug Martin and safety T.J. Ward who reportedly suffered concussions on Sunday against the Falcons and are in the concussion protocol.

The Bucs went onto more roster shuffling on Wednesday.

Cross (6-1, 235) has played in three games for Tampa Bay this season, with one start, catching two passes for 11 yards. The Memphis, Tennessee native has spent the past eight weeks on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. The Memphis product wears No. 45.

O’Connor (6-4, 270) was signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on October 9. He originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick (250th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chicago native, who played collegiately at Eastern Michigan, wears No. 79 for Tampa Bay.

Olatoye (6-1, 205) played in one game for Tampa Bay this season. In his career, Olatoye has played in 13 regular season games, with two starts, recording 17 tackles, four passes defensed and one interception. He also played in three postseason contests with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. The Dublin, Ohio native, who played collegiately at North Carolina A&T, will wear No. 27 for Tampa Bay.

Wilson (5-9, 186) has spent this season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad. The Miami native originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers this past offseason. Wilson, who played collegiately at Florida State, wears No. 85 for Tampa Bay.

The team also announced that cornerback Maurice Fleming, defensive end Patrick Gamble, running back Dare Ogunbowale (pronounced DAR-ay oh-goon-bo-WALL-ay) and tackle Brad Seatonhave been signed to the practice squad and cornerback David Rivers has been released from the practice squad.

Fleming (5-11, 202) spent this past offseason and preseason with Tampa Bay, before being waived on August 25. A Chicago native, Fleming played collegiately at West Virginia and will wear No. 30 for Tampa Bay.

WR Jesus “Bobo” Wilson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Gamble (6-5, 277) spent time on Tampa Bay’s practice squad earlier this season. The Carrollton, Georgia native originally entered the league as a college free agent with the New York Jets this past offseason, spending the offseason and preseason with the Jets before being waived. Gamble played collegiately at Georgia Tech and will wear No. 70 for Tampa Bay.

Ogunbowale (5-11, 205) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Houston Texans this past offseason. The Milwaukee native spent four weeks on Houston’s practice squad before being released on October 6. Ogunbowale, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, will wear No. 44 for Tampa Bay.

Seaton (6-8, 325) comes to Tampa Bay after having spent the majority of the season on the Tennessee Titans practice squad. The Greenwich, Connecticut native was a seventh-round pick (236th overall) by the Titans in the 2017 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Villanova and will wear No. 60 for Tampa Bay.

– Part of this report is courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department

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3 years ago

So playing our franchise Qb with an injured shoulder makes sense how? Our only two OL that graded out top 10 at their positions go down and we plan on bringing back the franchise this week? Give me a break, the Glazers need to step in and end this stupidity before it starts. BENCH JAMEIS!

3 years ago

The Bucs need to deep six any plans to play Winston the remainder of this season. Putting our no. 1 quarterback behind a makeshift O-line, with him being injured already and subject to perhaps permanent throwing shoulder damage with another hard hit? That would be insane.

Leave Fitz as the starter. He’s a pretty tough guy and has the ability to escape the pocket. His play has been OK anyway. This season is now officially a goner.

3 years ago

Well changes are happening now.
With Marpet and Dotson shut down I hope they consider Winston now to shut down also and come back healthy.

3 years ago

Our next move should be putting Cutter on IR (incompetent reserve)

3 years ago

If I’m the Bucs at this point I’m going forward with the rebuild strategy. Give Griffin playing time. This has all blown up in our faces because this team was unprepared to play in the regular season. HC, OC, DC all need to go. I give Licht one more year, maybe. We’ll see how his scouts help or hinder as we pull players from other Practice Squads and other players who were cut from other teams. Nobody over 25 years old should be picked up at this point in the season as we are going nowhere. Why is Sims, Baker… Read more »

3 years ago

Greg Auman/TBT reports that with Marpet and Dotson going to IR,‏ playing at Packers on Sunday, Bucs will likely have Joe Hawley at center (17 offensive snaps all season) and Caleb Benenoch at right tackle (36 offensive snaps all season). Could get Evan Smith back from concussion …

I agree with all the above posts. Would you put a newly recovered/recovering QB Winston behind this line? #riskybusiness

3 years ago

Macabee, I agree. We have to have some kind of hope that if Winston is announced he’s ready to play that the Glazer’s would intervine. If they don’t, then I have lost my respect for the Glazer’s. There is no hope we are going anywhere and I don’t see us winning another game. The only positive i see here is this is an opportunity to see who will be here next year; maybe an OL and DL that is now on the team and wasn’t before will surprise us and allow us to draft differently. I know some won’t like… Read more »