Alarm Bells Should Ring

September 27th, 2017

Is history repeating itself?

Maybe the most alarming name on today’s injury report was a name nobody outside the walls of One Buc Palace had any idea was hurt.

That would be right guard J.R. Sweezy.

He was limited in practice by an injured back. Joe saw Sweezy today in the locker room and nothing appeared out of the ordinary. It is not unusual when the Bucs are trying to hide an injury, said player won’t even be in the locker room when media is around.

(Joe can’t remember the cornerback off hand, but Joe vividly remembers once as the local pen and mic club was entering the locker room, a Bucs media relations official quickly scurried the corner out of the locker room to a safe haven so the hurt player wouldn’t have to answer any questions about his injury.)

Despite the cries of many fans, the Bucs did not add a top flight offensive lineman this offseason because they expected Sweezy to return in good health. And as a result, Bucs officials said they upgraded two offensive linemen by moving Ali Marpet to center and Sweezy filling Marpet’s void at right guard.

Joe has spent a lot of time surfing the web trying to find any offensive lineman who missed an entire season due to back surgery to return the following season and start 16 games. Joe couldn’t find one (that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, just Joe cannot find any such example).

And now two games into the season after Sweezy was on floppy hat patrol for a full year, Sweezy pops up on the injury report with a bum back.

Uh, oh.

30 Responses to “Alarm Bells Should Ring”

  1. tnew Says:

    Bad news.

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Welp…………the MASH UNIT just keeps on growing…..isn’t it joe?

    Whata mess and how sad all the hype was with everything about this team during pre-season.

    There are just too many issues facing this team right now and the bucs will be lucky to even sniff a wildcard spot if they’re lucky enough to do so.

  3. DoNUTS Says:

    Joe- I agree that a Sweezy deserves some attention but not nearly the attention you are dedicating to this one player, who has a legit backup. The same EXACT thing could be said for Jac Smith but you give him a pass or lets say mention it much much less. Here is a fun fact…..Jac Smith has not had a regular season tackle since 2015!!!! He has been out of the game longer than JR Sweezy!! Lets just say there is more room to cover other players with the same injury criteria.

  4. Anthony Says:

    One of The worst things we ever did was get rid of Donald Penn

  5. BigScott Says:

    There goes one of the Joe’s overreacting again

  6. Bucs Says:

    Gets worse by the day.

  7. Joe Says:

    The same EXACT thing could be said for Jac Smith but you give him a pass or lets say mention it much much less.

    How much is Jac Smith being paid and how much did the Bucs invest in Sweezy?

    Don’t think the Bucs ever expected Jac Smith to be anything more than pass rushing specialist. Sweezy was/is expected to anchor the offensive line.

  8. LakeLandBuc Says:

    We knew he couldn’t play 16 games, with his back.

  9. R.O. Says:

    C’mon L-e-e doesn’t mean a thing. Until he is listed as OUT. Could be a rest day. And if they wanted to hide it they would have just listed it as something else.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    I can’t say I’ve noticed Sweezy yet in games – which is normally a good thing for offensive linemen – but how has he done this far? Anyone keeping score?

  11. Joe Says:

    C’mon L-e-e doesn’t mean a thing.

    May not mean a thing.

    May mean a lot.

    Again, Joe is not an ostrich. He doesn’t bury is head hoping something doesn’t exist.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Somewheres on the west coast, theres a real huge man named Donald Penn..smiling..and sayin..I told y’all so.

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    lol it’s like the Joe’s got a boner when they saw him on the injury report – FINALLY we can run this story!

    Regardless of Sweezy it was a sh1t draft for O-line and a sh1t FA in terms of value signings

  14. westernbuc Says:

    I feel like some of us we’re demanding line depth but instead all the FSU homers thought Dalvin Cook would be able to run through defensive tackles

  15. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “I feel like some of us we’re demanding line depth ”

    Everyone was demanding all sorts of sh1t. No matter what we did people like you would complain about something.

  16. Capt. Blighe Says:

    He can’t make thru a whole season, back injury’s are permenant.
    With that said this very well could just be soreness and they will give him a couple days off.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I found one, Joe…

    Kenyatta Walker……must have injured his back with false starts and holding penalties…..had to have injured it….and unfortunately returned the next year.

  18. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Probably just spasms. Pain comes n goes… usually one to 2 days and fine again feeling fresh… if he had a herniated disc then he most likely has spondylolisthesis and/or spondylosis…and where the vertebrates rub together… arthritis leading to inflammation pinching nerves… then spasms… day off he’ll be fine. Pain killers on game day.

  19. SteelStudBuc Says:

    His back will bother him on n off till he dies

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    Again when u trade up for a kicker….
    Those blown picks they come back to haunt u

  21. Buc believer Says:

    So let me see if I have this correct… and I will only mention 2 incidents…. Light signs Sweeney to a nice fat contract in last years off season. Sweezyvcant play because of a bum back. Then the guy comes in this year and plays two games and hurts his back again. Light also trades UP in the draft giving away an extra pick to draft Roberto who flops after one year. Do I have my information correct???

  22. Mark Says:

    As an interventional pain management physician I can tell you that recovering fully from spine surgery can take months. However I would say don’t jump the gun on Sweezy. I am sure the training and medical staff have advised a rest and recovery protocol for him. Sure it could be ominous, it more than likely isn’t. So don’t go leading the charge Joe! Wink, wink!

  23. BigHogHaynes Says:


  24. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Licht and his horrible moves esp FA have destroyed this team, laremy tunsil was the pick in 2016, bucs nab an alleged elite corner then kicker, and now the OL is getting near the secondary in terms of lookin like a sieve

  25. RayJameisStadium Says:

    Good cop and bad cop = JBF

    L ee is just doing his job. That is all it is for him….a job.

  26. Buccaneer Bill Says:

    Wow, this site is something else. Calling for Donald Penn, a guy who gave up multiple sacks the other night against the Redskins! The Bucs have played two games, one bad and one good.

    The team had a setback, but their strategy is sound and the team starters are good. Backups playing early in the season is a force multiplier down the road.

    Relax already!

  27. I Bleed Red Says:

    Winston has the weapons now. He needs to step up. Right now him and Cam tied for 3rd QB in division

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe Says
    “How much is Jac Smith being paid and how much did the Bucs invest in Sweezy?”

    Once a season starts, the amounts no longer matter. What matters is production. Jac Smith has been a waste…but regardless, we are stuck with him again.

    I won’t critique you for mentioning Sweezy maybe being injured. Your instincts have been right more often than not.

    Maybe his back was just a little tight so they are playing it safe.

  29. Bobby M. Says:

    As stated above….If Winston is to be considered a franchise guy, he’s got to carry the team…at least to some degree. He can’t even get past the 50 yd line consistently at this point. If you study his stats…his sweet spot for winning and pass attempts is around 30. Beyond that and his record is awful

  30. johnnybuc Says:

    i’m not to worried about it because this team seems to like evan smith and for all the talk of how mean sweezy is it seems to me he’s gotten bullied on more than one occasion so far this season