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Demar Dotson expects to start regular season despite injury

The tackle suffered a groin injury, but it appears to be mild.

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Looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dodged a bullet, for now: Demar Dotson thinks he should be healthy for the regular season opener. The right tackle suffered a groin injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but an MRI showed it to be just a mild sprain.

"It's not too bad," Dotson told the Tampa Bay Times. "It was more a precautionary thing to get it tested out. I had the same one last year in the preseason and missed a few days. It's just the wear and tear of training camp, but we know the protocol to get it back."

That’s good to hear, though it pays to be skeptical: players always tend to be more optimistic about their injuries than is generally warrranted. And groin strains can be nasty and linger a while.

The Bucs don’t have a lot of options at right tackle behind Dotson. Caleb Benenoch got some play there against the Jaguars, but didn’t look great. Leonard Wester looked even worse. Left guard Kevin Pamphile could move to right tackle in a pinch, though that would leave them with issues at guard, too.