The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have just lost their starting right tackle, at least for the immediate future. After playing one drive, Demar Dotson left the game with a groin injury and was almost immediately declared to be out for the remainder.
That’s not good, and a quick announcement usually means it’s a fairly serious injury. Dotson’s been a mainstay at right tackle for years now, and is one of the better players at that position in the NFL. Losing him would be a pretty significant blow to the Bucs’ offense, which doesn’t have the most consistent offensive line anyway.
Caleb Benenoch, last year’s fifth-round pick, stepped in to replace Demar Dotson. And if Benenoch does well, that may turn out to be a permanent move: Dotson turns 32 this year and looked like he was starting his inevitable decline last season.
We should have some more details on Dotson’s injury after the game, or tomorrow.