Report: Dotson Had Knee Surgery

April 15th, 2018

Breaking news.

This is a monster surprise.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bucs starting right tackle Demar Dotson had surgery on his right knee and will be out of action this spring and early summer.

@RapSheet: Sources: #Bucs RT Demar Dotson had surgery late this past week to repair a torn mensiscus in his knee. He’ll miss OTAs and minicamp but the belief is he’ll be good for training camp.

Dotson earlier this year sat down with Ira Kaufman for recordings of the infamous “Ira Kaufman Podcast” and told Joe and Ira that he had been cleared by Bucs medical officials for all football activities.

Did the Bucs medical staff whiff on the diagnosis or did Dotson mess up his knee pumping weights or some other non-football activity?

49 Responses to “Report: Dotson Had Knee Surgery”

  1. BucTrooper Says:

    What the heck, Dotson???

  2. Alexander Nascimento Says:

    Terrible news!
    Can we get some kind of break with the OL?
    When you think it’s finally set something happens!

  3. jerseybuc Says:

    I guess the question is why now? Is this a new injury? Doesn’t make sense.

  4. lurker Says:

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  6. JimmyJack Says:

    So we just lost our RT. You can’t count on anybody coming back from knee surgery. Would be great if he can have a clean recovery and get himself into training camp with us but it would be absolutely foolish to count on it.

    Lichts shopping list just got longer.

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    Jersey…..Like the article said. It could have been a weight room injury.

  8. AlteredEgo Says:

    and the beat goes on….water in coming in faster than the pumps can bail it out…the defnse may not ever get a draft pick….

  9. BucTrooper Says:

    Ugh… look for a reach for a RT now which will throw off an already crappy draft position.

    Why couldn’t Godwin just knock the ball down? Seriously. We know he could have caught it. Just knock it down….that would have helped more than the catch. It certainly would have shown more AWARENESS.

  10. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    Hmmm, the McGlinchey visit makes a ton of sense now. Although I’d venture to say that he is only really an option should we trade down.

  11. Joe Says:

    Hmmm, the McGlinchey visit makes a ton of sense now.

    Yes, but wondering if he would last to second round?

    (No, Donovan Smith is not a right tackle. Period. End of sentence.)

  12. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Trade down we need the draft picks even more now!!!!

  13. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    I would say the only realistic scenario where we draft McGlinchey is one where we trade down from 7 and take him in the mid-late in the first round. And yes it would be to have him play RT, he comps out better there any way.

  14. BucTrooper Says:

    This is going to be one of those “Sweezy Situations” where we never find out what happened. I’ll bet real money he was doing something dumb at home or horsing around with his friends.

  15. Leighroy Says:

    People, relaaaaaax. Meniscus surgery is NOT the same as ACL or other ligament damage. Speaking from personal experience. Often it’s just a “clean up” type of surgery with a 4-6 week recovery timeframe.

    Only downside is that when they “shave” the meniscus as part of the repair, you lose more of that cushion from knee impacts, decreasing longevity. More of a long-term impact than short term.


  16. Getaclue Says:

    We should sign Austin Howard right now

  17. unbelievable Says:

    #ItsABucsLife folks. Get used to it.

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    Not good news Fellow Buc fans. Yes, he will play again But…one is never the same on the line after miniscus surgery. Linemen..calling frre agent linemen?
    See whats out there Licht!!

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    This is why you draft a guy like Nelson. Losing Dot ain’t near as bad if you have 4 other lineman you can lean on.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Lieghroy. Understood, but it’s very hard to trust any player coming back from knee injury. We already know we are starting Training Camp without him.

  21. JA Says:

    Whenever an article finishes with a current unanswerable question, I feel a link to some background music should be inserted to heighten the melodrama.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    MB I misread that.

    **We are starting minicamp without Dotson**

  23. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I had the same experience as you. My right knee was killing me…turned out to be the meniscus…a quick arthroscopic surgery and I felt good a month later.

    As you point out it’s not like an ACL or MCL.

  24. LostinPA Says:

    Benenoch held up well last year. I would still grab Nelson instead of reaching for an OT at 7. Of course a trade back would put McGlinchey in play. Also, Alex Cappa or Geron Christian could still be within reach of a move back into the 3rd round.

  25. OneBucPerson Says:

    Joe, I have an idea to throw out. Should one of the top QB prospects fall how about trying to trade down with Buffalo for both of their 1st round picks and potentially a 2nd/3rd? We could sweeten the deal for them by packaging Donovan since they have a need at LT following the Cordy Glenn trade.

  26. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    For example, there is a big name QB prospect left on the board, the big 3 are gone, and we swing a trade with Buffalo for picks 12, 22, and 96. In that scenario, I think we would be incredibly fortunate to come away with pretty much any combo of these players in the 1st 4 rounds.

    #12 – Vita Vea NT/ Marcus Davenport EDGE/ Denzel Ward CB

    #22 – Mike McGlinchey RT/ Will Hernandez G/ Da’ron Payne DT

    #38 – Isiah Oliver CB / Rashaad Penny RB/ Nick Chubb RB

    #96 – Kerryon Johnson RB/ J.C. Jackson CB/ Josh Sweat EDGE

    #108 – Duke Ejiofor DE/ B.J. Hill DT/ Frank Ragnow G

  27. StAugBuc Says:

    This is terrible. To lose an Ironman and pro bowler like Dot torpedoes the season . . .oh nevermind

  28. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    He will be back for training camp. I’m not worried.

  29. Bobby M. Says:

    LOL…we’ve got six picks in the draft and all we need is TWO offensive linemen, a couple of RBs, probably one more DE, a few CBs and possibly a safety….AND you cant really ever rule out kicker.

  30. Jjones Says:

    As said above meniscus is not that bad a recovery but at his age he’s probably wore at his cartilage pretty well. Time will tell I guess.

  31. Bucs Guy Says:

    All the more reason to trade down. We need to get 4 picks in the first 3 rounds. Maybe we trade down and then take one of those picks to trade down again. For example, if we could get both of the Buffalo 1st Rd picks. Keep one and trade the other for a late 1st and 2nd. Better yet, get both of Buffalo’s 2nd Rd picks and one of their 1st Rd picks. That along with our 2nd would be 4 picks in the first 2 rounds. That would get us a lot of very good players at G, CB, RB and T or D-Line. Pick up the other position in the 4th Rd and a S in FA (Boston or Vaccaro). I know that’s a lot and it takes someone to make the trade with, but you might as well try with Buffalo, Arizona or Miami who all need QBs. I doubt New England would want to trade up. I think they are looking for T and TE.

  32. NFLNut Says:

    Not a big deal … the team should be planning to replace him soon anyways … but he should be good to go in training camp, so this isn’t a big deal imo

  33. Not there yet Says:

    Dot is a vet, him missing ota’s and mini camp is nothing since we are in the same offense. Like the report says he’ll be good for training camp so this gives the man behind him and whatever rookies coming in plenty of time to get reps. Only in Tampa would they expect Licht to reshuffle his draft board because an injury that won’t affect the team when the season starts

    The panic is this town is real for a team that hasn’t won since gruden was here is hilarious. So sad what’s become of our fanbase or hopefully this is mainly the jbf crowd

  34. kenny Says:

    relax so he misses ota’s big deal need when camp starts in the end of july

  35. VA BUC Says:

    We as a team deserves this for keeping his old run down arse the man cant play anymore should’ve replaced him 2yrs ago wouldn’t be in this situation i blam jason licth on this one well what da hell dirk too.

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    The problem with Dotson is that he’s injury prone anyways. He’s been getting hurt every year and only getting older.

  37. SoCalBucFan Says:

    This fits the rumor of the Bucs trading back into the 1st(using 2019 draft picks) if they can’t trade down.

  38. Cobraboy Says:

    A meniscus is not a torn ligament. Been there…

  39. Capt.Tim Says:

    Caleb Benenoch
    He is expected to give Dotson a fight for Starting Right Tackle job.

  40. Pickgrin Says:

    As stated – likely just an arthroscopic “clean up” procedure. Not a big deal. He’ll be rehabbing within a few weeks and probably good to go in 2-3 months.

    Its a reminder though that Dot is 33 this year and OT is indeed a need moving forward.

  41. Pickgrin Says:

    Tim – I heard Benenoch was moving back to Guard full time. Wonder if this changes or delays those plans.

  42. gotbbucs Says:

    “Hmmm, the McGlinchey visit makes a ton of sense now.”

    “Yes, but wondering if he would last to second round?”

    In what world does the consensus top offensive tackle ever make it to the 2nd round?

  43. JabooBuc Says:

    Blessing in disguise. Benenoch gets more reps so we can see what they’ve got in him. Plus, they can start looking for some added depth. Dotson’ injury is not serious so he gets some rest and we groom his replacement. Not a big deal.

  44. Geno Says:

    Capt.Tim Says:
    April 15th, 2018 at 8:50 pm
    Caleb Benenoch
    He is expected to give Dotson a fight for Starting Right Tackle job.

    No he is not. In his career as a Buc, he has played well in the guard position but horrible at the right tackle position. There is no reason to believe that he will all of a sudden be a dependable tackle.

  45. SteelStudBuc Says:

    He’s an over rated backup

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    He should be fine. At Least he didn’t tear his ACL, or worse his PCL.

  47. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hopefully, we can draft T Brandon Parker – North Carolina A&T, in the later rounds.

  48. BigMacAttack Says:

    Another position in need of an upgrade. His pass protection is bad even when healthy and he loves to hold.

  49. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    “Did the Bucs medical staff whiff on the diagnosis or did Dotson mess up his knee pumping weights or some other non-football activity?”

    Well, it’s not like the medical staff would cut off part of a receivers finger (Alvin Harper) or something.

    I’m sure the Bucs spare no expense when it comes to hiring “top notch” docs who have nothing but the best interest of the player (Jameis shoulder) at stake.

    So, we can rule out the medical staff.