Medical Clearance For Lavonte David

August 30th, 2019

Five sacks, four forced fumbles, an interception, a touchdown and 17 tackles for loss, Lavonte David was a monster with Mike Smith’s 2016 Buccaneers defense, the best third-down defense in the NFL that year.

Joe’s hoping can back to that kind of game when the Bucs kick off the 2019 regular season in nine short days — wherever that game might be played.

David, 29, had a minor knee surgery 3 1/2 weeks ago and missed all of preseason. Today, Bucco Bruce Arians told the world at One Buc Palace that David is cleared to practice when the Bucs start working again Tuesday.

This is fantastic news. And Joe believes David on the field will help rookie linebacker Devin White better settle in to his savior role.

You just know the competitive juices will be flowing through David knowing is good buddy Kwon Alexander is jacked up on playing for the 49ers against his old mates.

Will David be rusty? Sure. But Joe will take a rusty David over the Bucs’ other options in a heartbeat. Also, David has shown through his career that he can bounce back from minor injuries. Knee surgery, though, however minor, can be a different animal.

25 Responses to “Medical Clearance For Lavonte David”

  1. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Awesome… Huge to have him week 1. Now what about Big Vita?

  2. ocala Says:

    If the Bucs get Vea back too that would be fantastic!!!!

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’d trade him. About to hit 30, injuries starting up. Just cleared.

    Prime time to trade him. Wait too long and it will be too late.

    Would clear a good bit of cap.

  4. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…..

    better to trade a player a year or 2 too early vs a year or 2 too late…see GMC…..

    GO BUCS!!!!

  5. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Great news. Yes hopefully he can show White how to do something……anything. Preseason thankfully is over. Time to start showing up.

  6. MisterBuc Says:

    đź‘€ I see the defense is on the way up.. We have Vita and Lavonte coming back!!!! That is awesome news for the start of the season..

  7. Todd Says:

    Because it’s MY movie in my head right now, wouldn’t it be funny if…

    …if David, Vea and JPP were never injured.

    They’ve all been holding secret practices in between Instagram posts.

    Todd Bowles…the mad scientist…is just f#cking with the 49ers!

    Yep, my conspiracy theory holds.

    In my head anyway.

  8. zzbuc Says:

    Bonzai, 813bucboi…..agree with you 100% fellas!
    That would be a very smart deiction….way to much for Mr licht

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have several young LBs…….& the addition of Tanner Hudson makes Brate more tradeable…….perhaps a bit too late but could pick up some major $$$ vs the cap……LVD, Brate, JPP……

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    keep him off the field in the 4th qtr no one could captain a blown league like cancer93 and his mentally weak sidekick lvd…. send him and dotson to anyone for a chicago slice of pizza and a bud light and feel good about it… asking for a new york slice would be out of the question no one is going to overpay for career losers.

  11. Chris K Says:

    Tmaxipad the ultimate career loser calls LVD one is some funny sh$t.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    “Savior role”?! C’mon Joe! Let it go. It was a position of need.
    Can LVD revert to Schiano-day success? I think LVD’s “success” here has been over-inflated. He’s been average/above average for the longest. We’ll see!

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    tmax- You made me crave a “slice”. Folded in half, grease running down my arm, mmmm-mmm tasty!

  14. Hodad Says:

    Tmax, thanks for the laugh!

  15. Greg Says:

    Enough with the Savior roll! You’re just showing your ignorance. The kid could be a great player but give him a chance and stop purposely putting ridiculous labels on them just to stir up clicks. ???You really think an adjective buried in a post/article stirs up clicks? C’mon. The Bucs essentially gave him that savior label when they drafted him. It’s all out there. Hopefully, he is a great player. You’ve never heard Joe say White won’t be good.–Joe

  16. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Bring back Lavonte and Vea with a revamped secondary and this defense is gonna be significantly improved. Week 1 is an absolute “must win” for all the delusional optimists who think this team can go 10-6 and sniff the playoffs. If we even have a chance to sniff 8 dash 8, we gotta beat Jimmy G and the Niners.

  17. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    T-Max, what if you like Chicago Deep Dish more than New York Thin Crust?

  18. DCBucsfan Says:

    @ Bonzai, why trade him for what?A 3rd or 4th rounder? How’s that been turning out for Bucs in the last 5 years or so?? For depending on a non -experienced young LBs squad that hadn’t proved jack? Eventhough I get your point of better now trade value that later, still I would not touch one of the greatest Bucs that we re all accustomed too for crying out loud! Jeez One player that I ve bought an authentic jersey vs replica full of jerseys in my damn
    And NFL salary cap is going to increase next year and LVD’s contract could be restructured if its necessary. And he’s not injury prone.. this is the defense scheme that we were all waiting for with LVD type of speed and athletism!

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Awesome news. One less guy to worry about. Huge boost for the defense.

    Now the only guy to worry about is VitaV. Guessing we’ll get some kinda update over the weekend. If not can pretty much write him off week 1.

  20. Isaac haggins Says:

    Dc Bucs I think Bonzai would take a like talented right tackle within 2 mil of David’s salary ……… much more valuable to the team when you have Minter

  21. DCBucsfan Says:

    @ Isaac , it might be MORE THAN A RT that the team is going to be desperately needing to change ..but that would be through the 1st and 2nd round of the draft and not on LVD’s expense and value. Trust me there’s lot of other expandable players that need be cut or traded.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Wanting to sacrifice a key defensive player for an offensive player makes just no cents. It’s almost like some of y’all didn’t never even watch this team last year.

  23. tmaxcon Says:

    don’t worry buc fan the opponents are just as happy with this news as you are…. they love facing a bum with one good year and who as admitted he can not recover after big plays and bad calls. bucfan loves them some mentally weak career losers.

  24. tmaxcon Says:

    Alvin Scissors Harper Says:
    August 30th, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    T-Max, what if you like Chicago Deep Dish more than New York Thin Crust?

    well sir than I can’t help you… If I want something thick and Italian it’s lasagna not Chicago pizza or this chunky little Italian bartender down the street with no morals.

  25. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    I think they should just sit him out even though he’s cleared to practice. He can practice and get up to speed and be ready by the Carolina game on Thursday in s few weeks. As far as the trade LVD crowd goes I like him long term. I think if we can get good play from him until he’s 31 or 32 then we’re good he paid off. Trading him now wouldn’t be a bad idea but we won’t have the future draft position to get his replacement. Remember we would need a top 5 player at his position to replace him in the future