Donovan Smith Among Starters Not Practicing

September 21st, 2016

Bucs also make a roster move

Joe has a case of sour stomach after seeing the absences on the Buccaneers’ practice field today.

The biggest surprise was left tackle Donovan Smith watching practice wearing a floppy hat. An iron man since starting in Week 1 of his rookie year — he hasn’t missed a snap — Smith was following his offensive line mates to drills.

Not even on the field during the open window for media was Luke Stocker, Robert Ayers and Doug Martin.

Joe didn’t see wide receiver Cecil Shorts, either, but Joe might have missed him. However, Tampa Bay promoted receiver Freddie Martino from the practice squad, which means it’s likely Shorts’ bad hamstring is a significant injury.

Man, Joe hopes Smith is ready for Sunday. The Bucs don’t need to be undermanned against that savage Rams front.

13 Responses to “Donovan Smith Among Starters Not Practicing”

  1. ElioT Says:

    Damn, these injuries come in droves…

    This team has to continue to build quality depth. Very thin at many key position groups.

    Go Bucs!

  2. libucfan Says:

    I just cannot understand how they promote Freddie Martino while Roddy White sits in a suite watching games on Sunday.

  3. JonBuc Says:

    At this point…Roddy White would no doubt suffer a hamstring injury too due to lack of “football shape”.

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    So what will the injury list look like by week 10?

  5. 2Players_1ChoreographedCelebration Says:

    I’m curious as to what y’all see in Roddy. The falcons were literally game planning him out of the game last year. Besides being a name you know, what is so admirable about him

  6. pick6 Says:

    i’ve thought about having roddy white parachute in to help the offense, but even if he’s running much crisper routes then VJax, he will probably a few games to work himself into starting condition and he still won’t solve the problem of our WRs being unable to separate from coverage. the bucs need speed on the field, even if slightly less talented or experienced

  7. cometowin2 Says:

    Just reiterates what a poor decision Evan Spencer made quiting the practice squad. He not Martinio would be coming up. Hope he has a job paying him between 100 to 400k a year otherwise massive error.

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    So the Cardinals beat the Bucs to a pulp in more ways than the score. I’m surprised the final score was not 60-7.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    Good thing everyone is healthy and in great football shape after all the light, non-hitting practices all summer.

  10. richbucsfan Says:

    this stupid CBA has turned once vibrant athletes into weaklings… too little contact and this is what you get…you would think for the amount of money they are paid, they would practice more than once a week

  11. JAB83 Says:

    Cometowin…. Good point… Although Martino jist sounds like a football player… Not really….

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  13. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    6-10 here we come