Ira: “Bucs Dodged A Bullet” On Smith Injury

August 21st, 2018

UPDATED: Good news, even if it’s vague, is still good news.

Sage Ira Kaufman, columnist and Tampa Bay’s only Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, is at One Buc Palace tonight for the “Red” event and Twittered that Donovan Smith’s health status is leaning far away from season-ending injury.

Time will tell.

If it is a knee or ankle injury and Smith can’t practice until, say, the Wednesday before the opener, then it’s fair to wonder just how ready Smith would be under that scenario.

38 Responses to “Ira: “Bucs Dodged A Bullet” On Smith Injury”

  1. BucEmUp Says:

    Anything is better than season ending..Looks like Ira reported they are optimistic as well. ICE ICE BABY!!!!! REST UP BIG DON!!!!

  2. Greg Says:

    Great job reporting great news Joe. Even if he’s not ready week one the fact that we haven’t lost him for the season is huge. Best news of the off-season. Now if we could only get Ronald Jones to gain 25 pounds of manhood before week one that be great

  3. Bird Says:

    Same with Justin Evans

    They need both to be ready. Missing one game won’t kill them but they need all the help they can get with that starting 3 games

  4. Durango 95 Says:

    Time to for a flash mob celebration at JBF world headquarters!

  5. Stanglassman Says:

    Justin Evans injury is described as a foot injury. As long as these guys will be ready week one we’re good.

  6. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Just hope Evans doesn’t have turf toe. Possible smith just took a helmet to the back of the knee and he is just bruised. Great news on both accounts.

  7. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Clap clap clap

  8. SB Says:

    I’m just ready for Sept. 9th already!!!

  9. firethecannons Says:

    what about MJ Stewart–the dude is fantaxstic at the punch

  10. Jeff Says:

    Lies, will miss the first 4 games.

  11. andrew Says:

    Cam Jordan will be a lot to deal with. Luckily we have a 6’6 250lb tight end to help block over there.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The silver lining….backups will get very valuable reps.

  13. Chris in WA Says:

    And how optimistic were they about Vita Vea and Kendell Beckwith?

  14. Joel Says:

    Exactly. Vea is still out. Our medical and training staff sucks.

  15. OneBuc55 Says:

    Nice, we dodged a major bullet today with these 2…I was literally worried all day; thanks for the late update…

    The hate Donavan Smith receives from this fan base is almost in the same neighborhood as Gerald McCoy…Imho he’s underrated; hes not perfect, but he’s definitely solid. I think he’ll benefit a lot having Marpet next to him…

  16. Bobby M. Says:

    Optimistic for week one could become week two…three…after the bye. We need depth at o-line….We don’t need depth at WR. Licht needs to address this.

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    If the corners play 12 yards cushions then sit him week . If they press then we have a chance and play him. No sense in risking it when there is zero chance of winning in the end

  18. SteveK Says:

    DS76 is a solid player, good dude in the community, a keeper for sure. Let’s hopr the big fella is healthy for week one. He’s not Joe Thomas, but he’s good enough to be our LT for his next contract.

  19. Brandon Says:

    I think Evan Smith had the biggest tell when talking about this injury when he said that he hoped Smith would be ready for Week 1. Why would he think that if Smith had not suffered a major injury?

  20. Sumo Says:

    Smith is a good player that we cannot afford to lose. All the haters should now realize how important he is. Get better big fella we need you.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Better than a torn ACL or MCL

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Donovan Smith is a solid player…….not a probowler……but solid at a very difficult position….and he apparently is a pretty resilient person…..
    Very glad he is OK….Oline depth is already a question….don’t need more problems….

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Sumo…why do “we” need him so badly this season..if Jameis Winston will never learn…like you said? Is he going to make up for JW’s stupid plays?

  24. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:

    It truly does not matter the basement title is not in jeopardy with or without him. Never fear low standard bucfan the basement streak is alive and well

  25. Bucamania Says:

    Bullet dodged, hopefully. Great news if it holds true.

  26. BucEmUp Says:

    TBBF….he would be a pro bowler if the bucs were not consistent losers every season. Just Like LVTDVD and Kwon are not pro bowlers although they probably should be.

  27. scbucsfan Says:

    You know you are the lowest of Buc fans when you see this good news and look at it as a negative

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    Sorry…a little ornery after reading some BS by some posters on a thread from yesterday.

    One stated that in today’s NFL Winston can’t get away with what we saw on that play on Saturday night cause of the way today’s defenses are built. As I’m reading this long drawn out drivel of an explanation……I can’t help but think does this guy NOT know that the NFL is offense driven these days?

    The days of Sapp and his 13 points are over..Brad Johnson…won’t get it done. This same poster clamors for the days of Brad Johnson……told me so a few weeks back as he was whining about Jameis and taking chances.

    Then of course another regular poster chimes in and praises him for his SPOT ON posts…..Now I see why there’s a divide…..some watch today’s game…and others watch yesterdays. Not saying that’s #1 reason…..just my observation.

  29. Reality-is-a-Beotch Says:


    Who are you to judge fans or anyone for that matter. after all, you are proud admitted member of a cult that has preyed on boys for decades…

    There never is good news as a bucfan just updates on the way to the basement

  30. Godeep66 Says:

    Brad Johnson is far superior than short yellow bus patron JW. Career stats: Total 178 2,668 4,326 61.7 29,054 Two Pro Bowls, earned not a replacement and a WINNING RECORD. Not to mention, Super Bowl Champ QB.

  31. scbucsfan Says:

    Joe, I’d appreciate if you asked TMax to stop making references to me and small boys. Not a lot funny about that.

  32. unbelievable Says:

    lol. that last sentence was actually funny tmax.

    Based on the history of our medical staff’s accuracy and performance, best case scenario is D Smith will be back by week 3.

    Next man up!

  33. unbelievable Says:

    Joe why don’t you let me post when I’m on wifi on my computer?

    It’s the same machine, and the same Buc fan typing the comments. Using my phone to try to comment on here is lousy.

  34. m0j0 Says:

    Sprained knee for Smith and sprained foot for Evans, which is really the best news you could hope for. Maybe the football gods are going to smile on us after all this season?

  35. unbelievable Says:

    lol figures that one would show up.

    Best case scenario, we get D Smith back by week 3.

  36. Buc1987 Says:

    Godeep66…..superior stupidity at it’s finest.

    Now posting daily on

    Did I mention poser? Yes…yes I have…carry on!

  37. Reach88 Says:

    Good update on injured left tackle turned into Tmax the moron and more on the QB. Happens every day and on most threads on this site. Pathetic. Sad. Go be a “fan” of any other team. Bye. Go Bucs!

  38. Brandon Says:

    the funny thing is, is that Evan Smith told us everything without saying much of anything. Thank you, Evan Smith!