Sketchy Update On Demar Dotson’s Groin

August 18th, 2017

Bad news

UPDATED: 4:44 p.m. – It’s hard not to squirm when your starting, 31-year-old right tackle leaves a preseason game injured.

Two years ago, Demar Dotson seriously injured his knee in the preseason opener at Minnesota. He missed more than half the season.

Last night, Dotson left the Bucs-Jags game with what was called a groin injury. Second-year man Caleb Benenoch, last year’s fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay, took over and played pretty well, though he had a couple of rough moments — to be expected.

Late this afternoon at One Buc Palace, winning head coach Dirk Koetter said Dotson’s status is unclear.

“Dot has a groin and so he’s getting an MRI tomorrow but I’m not going to go over every single injury we have,” Koetter said, referencing that the NFL doesn’t require team injury updates until the regular season begins.

An MRI for a groin? Ouch. Joe hopes that’s just precautionary and standard procedure, but it doesn’t sound good at all.

Big game next week for Benenoch. If he can’t perform well, then the Bucs might look outside the organization for a right tackle, like they did successfully with Gosder Cherilus in 2015.

Koetter also said the team, if Doston is lost, would make a decision on whether Kevin Pamphile would move out to tackle and Evan Smith would slot in at left guard. That’s the likely scenario, Koetter added.

24 Responses to “Sketchy Update On Demar Dotson’s Groin”

  1. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Hope that he is ok, because he has the physical ability to be decent when healthy. But anyone with half a brain cell saw this as an inevitability.

    I know I went into this season hoping that Caleb Benenoch has what it takes to become a starting caliber RT.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    They reported it was a groin injury and that he was “out for the rest of the game” very quickly, which usually means it was bad!!!!!!!!! he does a some weeks left before the start of the regular season!!! But I would not be surprised if he misses the first couple of games!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DB55 Says:

    like they did successfully with Gosder Cherilus in 2015.
    You got a typo there Joe. *unsuccessfully

  4. DB55 Says:

    I guess putting OJ Howard at RT is out of the question? Only ask bc it was obvious that we needed to draft a RT but wtf do I know? Denver got them a badass RT 1 pick after OJ…..okay!

  5. Blake_bucsfan Says:


    You must have a short memory or something bro. Cherilus was trash last year yes. But was solid in 2015, the same year we set franchise records offensively.

    And by all accounts had a strong positive impact on Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet.

  6. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Better give Pamphile the extension NOW. If he has another solid season, he will get PAID by someone next year.

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    Point to Blake – Cherilus was a very serviceable starter in 2015.

  8. Blake_bucsfan Says:


    O.J. is the better player and the better pick. I was Garrett Bolles’ biggest fan this offseason, but he will not be anywhere near as impactful as O.J. Howard, this season or any season.

    And outside the first round, there wasn’t a Tackle prospect worth taking this year. And I can assure that O.J. will indeed contribute to our pass protection, as well as run blocking, in a major way this year.

  9. DB55 Says:


    I do bro, short term memory is shot. Was thinking of last yr specifically Dallas.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo was thinking (rare)…….Dotson is a very, very large man and probably has a very, very large groin…..therefore it is probably a very, very large injury….Pablo thinks” Now….if Pablo has a groin injury (always possible swinging that elongated arc) then it would take Pablo out of his roofing and his table dancing jobs….and Pablo simply can’t afford that”

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ive been hoping for Months, That Caleb Benenoch can win our Right tackle spot. Love Dotson, but Benenoch has great measurables, and would give us 5 young talented linemen to grow together for the next decade!

    And Something is wrong with the Bucs app. It doesnt even list Benenoch, and list Sweezy at 307
    Both of those guys look HUGE, campared to other guards/centers.
    They look Donovan Smith sized!

  12. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Tim, every time I see Sweezy’s arms I’m just like, “damn”. His arms are bigger than my legs. Dude is massive.

  13. Reezy Says:

    What about Hawley and Sweezy?

  14. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Hope it isnt a hernia…..

    I like Benenoch, but he is still raw.

  15. Casual Observer Says:

    I agree that the Bucs will probably be closely scanning the other rosters for a RT.

  16. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Everyone was saying how badazz the jaguars d line was and I like what I saw from bennenoch last night. Looked pretty good

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    Benenoch looked slow and ponderous in Jax. He got beaten often.

  18. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    U need to rewatch the game. Ur pullin $hit outta thin air.

  19. Dano74 Says:

    I hope he’s good because it was nice seeing the starting line block well as a unit.

  20. J dubb Says:

    What about out of retirement Brandon Albert from Miami last year… Can’t say I know lots about him but would he be serviceable for a year to help us groom benenoch for another year

  21. BucEmUp Says:

    this coukd be disastrous for jameis. Still dont think we needed oline in the draft or fa?

  22. tnew Says:

    Tackle depth is my number 1 concern for this team. I think it is funny that some on here still say its Jameis. The only upside is that the first game is still a few weeks out as long as its not severe. But the word MRI causes anxiety for sure. Has the look of maybe being more than the typical 3 week rest prognosis.

    This gives time to sort out Wester and Benenoch and give them time to show. I was upset that Clady announced his retirement early this month. He was the guy I was always hoping could be our back up depth guy.

    And BTW, choosing a right tackle in the first round makes zero sense especially versus Howard. OJ is a once every 4-5 year prospect at tight end. Bolles is a 25 year old rookie. His physical development has plateaued.

    Blake, agree with your assessment with the exception of Cam Robinson. He looks to be a pretty solid second round (albeit early) pick. Wasn’t a possible pick for us at 34 so no need to lament that.

  23. The Incredible Hulk Says:

    Omg! Hulk have groin too! This mean Hulk have to go get MRI also!

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Benenoch looked pretty good out there with the 1s.