The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have suffered another injury: right guard Ali Marpet appeared with a boot on his ankle at today's practice, which is not a good sign, obviously. Usually, a boot signals a high ankle sprain, which keeps players out for at least a couple of weeks, and limits the power they can get out of that ankle for a few more. Dirk Koetter refused to elaborate on Marpet's injury after practice.
Marpet was a revelation as a second-round draft pick last season, and he looked to be a long-term, reliable starter with a chance to eventually be dominant. The Bucs had Evan Smith playing right guard, which is also what they did when Marpet missed a few games last year, and when Smith didn't look great. But he is at least a serviceable, veteran starter.
The Bucs are getting slightly healthier elsewhere, though. Gerald McCoy and Doug Martin have rejoined practice after minor injuries kept them out of the last preseason game. Caleb Benenoch also practiced for the first time in weeks after suffering an ankle injury at the start of training camp, though it remains to be seen whether he's back in time to win a roster spot. Daryl Smith is still out, however, and rookie Devante Bond was out with an injury as well. We'll have to wait and see which players are healthy enough to play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.