Donovan Smith Is Injured

August 31st, 2015

DonovanSmithmugLovie Smith dropped troubling news about his blue chip left tackle prospect this afternoon at One Buc Palace.

Donovan Smith, the No. 34 overall pick, has a sprained ankle. The head coach didn’t offer additional detail.

Man, that gives Joe the chills. Backup left tackle Kevin Pamphile, one of the “Milk Carton” fifth-round picks of 2014, is the No. 2 left tackle. And he’s battled injuries recently. Demar Dotston can play left tackle, but his sprained knee should keep him out at least another month.

At this point, Joe would be almost surprised if the Bucs didn’t pick up a guy with left tackle experience by this time next week.

19 Responses to “Donovan Smith Is Injured”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Awwwwwwwwww, poor Dancing Panda…

  2. Nate S Says:

    Waiver wire please!

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There could be a real silver lining here……this may force us to pick up a LT off the waiver wire…..and surely there will be one there that is better than our backups….

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    What else is new?

    I’ve repeated over and over that injuries are going to be a huge issue this year. We’re already seeing it…but we’ve been lucky thus far that it has all been minor injuries.

    I am a bit surprised they have been on offense more than defense though.

    I don’t think we freak out over a sprained ankle though. He can sit out the last PS game and be fine opening day.

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    Absolutely waiver wire. There is going to be a bunch of talent available when the final cuts are made. Our first choice (among the majority of these) is a great advantage. I should think an OL or two, and a CB (nickel) would be prime targets.

  6. Tom Edrington Says:

    I’m looking for St.PeteBucsFan to post the 10 teams he thinks the Bucs are going to beat….

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think we should always keep a close eye on waivers and cuts. Even at positions we don’t need.

    You never know what could fall in our lap.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Casual Observer

    I agree with nickel cb…….I think Johnson’s injury may send him packing….

  9. ElioT Says:

    A sprained ankle is never a good thing on a 330lb tackle, one who already has footwork issues.

    Once again the Sucs are going in to the season opener with ZERO continuity on the O-Line.

    I’m going to miss the off season!

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    @Tom Edrington

    I don’t think St Pete Bucs fan is being realistic either, but neither will I fault him for being positive.

    I do believe he’s setting himself up for disappointment though.

    As for myself? I’m not planning to predict a total wins and losses this year. I just want to see improvement…wins mean something, but improvement in talent means more to me this year.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I will say this though…I don’t see a win in week one.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:


    what about week 2 thru 11??????? do you see one there????

  13. DefenseRules Says:

    Having first pick on the waiver wire is a HUGE deal at this point. I’m convinced that by season start, we’ll have at least 3 and as many as 5 players on our roster who aren’t there now.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    Round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows, the wheel of injury.

  15. Jason McLaurin Says:

    This isn’t serious hell be back and maybe at a new position by the opener. I still think D.Smith is a guard and Marpet is a center going forward after looking at more tape of the game. Marpet is the perfect center too with his speed and athleticism instead of the big and slow Warren who would be a perfect backup.

  16. Justin Says:


    Injuries are a huge part of every team this season, that isn’t anything new. Also, If Smith if in a walking boot, that normally means high ankle sprain, which could keep a player out for months depending on recovery time.

  17. Tom Edrington Says:

    Wish I could remember which poster was gushing over what a total manbeast, unmovable human this guy is……

  18. tickrdr Says:

    @Tom Edrington, Buc Bonzai, and Buc Realist:

    I have also asked a similar question. If the Bucs lose to the Titans, will our first victory be against the Jaguars or the Redskins?


  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @Tom and others

    Yes my posts appear unrealistic and indeed if we come out against the Titans and play as we did against Cleveland then I’ll really worry. We have to put a good performance in that game because of our lack of confidence. I could care less about Mariota. We simply need to be able to win our home opener! As Lovie would say “It’s as simple as that”.

    Now where do the ten wins come from?

    First off I believe our division is horrible. PS hasn’t changed my mind. So you start by sweeping two division rivals and splitting with the other. We’re halfway there at five wins.

    The Titans are the sixth victory. The Deadskins and Jags are wins 7 and 8.

    St. Louis and Chicago are winnable games. I’m not high and picking specific games because with this team we are going to lose a game or two we should win and win a couple we counted as losses before the season started.

    It’s the NFL. We went in and basically defeated the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seahawks in their own house…raucous crowd and all until Schiano choked it away by taking his foot off the accelator and stopping the hurry up.

    It’s the NFL not the NCAA. Teams are all evenly matched with a half dozen or so that are actually superior. This is doable. Injuries of course are the wild card.