“As Tough As He Is, I Think There’s A Chance.”

January 17th, 2022

The early review on right tackle Tristan Wirfs’ bad ankle is in.

Head coach Bucco Bruce Arians said today he expects Wirfs’ status to be unknown until Friday.

“As tough as he is I think there’s a chance. He’s in a boot right now,” Arians said.

Damn, Joe didn’t want to hear about the dreaded book. Usually a boot equals a few weeks off.

But like Arians said, Wirfs is a tough guy and Joe expects he’ll play Sunday. What that means for Wirfs gutting through Sunday and the NFC Championship game, that’s another story.

Sadly, Arians added that backup right tackle Josh Wells has a quad issue and is questionable for Sunday.

39 Responses to ““As Tough As He Is, I Think There’s A Chance.””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wow….I guess we’ll have to move a guard to Tackle….or maybe Hainsey. Not a good situation.

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Yeah we’re all bummed but imagine how it is for these two guys. I actually feel sorrier personally for Wells who worked his butt off to get those snaps and then is injured.

    The boot may be dreaded but if it’s just a sprain I’d rather it be an ankle than a knee.

    Wirfs is young. Here is a difference that age makes. I played basketball at lunch in three different city’s YMCA’s for two decades. In the beginning I could roll and ankle and play a week later. By the time I was 40 the same injury would keep me out for a month or more…after 60 it’s worse…

    But Wirfs is in the absolute prime of his physical life. So I tend to side with BA.

  3. Ed Says:

    Didn’t Cappa play tackle in college?

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Jensen? How’s he doing?

  5. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Put cappa on the edge and put stinnie in at guard… Problem solved… I believe cappa even played left tackle in college!!

  6. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Lol Ed!! Just noticed your comment…. Great minds think alike… I’m guessing if you and I can figure that out then so can the bucs staff right?….. Right?? 😟

  7. Nano107 Says:

    Put Hainey at Center move Jensen to guard Cappa outside or Marpet

  8. jvato24 Says:

    All good, at least it’s only Von Miller or JJ Watt we’ll be facing

  9. Steven007 Says:

    I am pretty sure they would want to shuffle as few positions as possible. Which is why I think BA suggested the scenario of moving Cappa out to tackle and having stinnie play at guard, a position he’s played on this line well a few games.

  10. firethecannons Says:

    Stop all the moving positions etc shot of toradol , some serious tape and he starts pressure on it later today then increasing daily. worry about the NFC championship when it comes–we have our next game that must be won–he must play. It is not broke and it is not the knee so he plays.

  11. allbuccedup Says:

    The dreaded boot reminds me of a DB we had before
    Justin Evans I believe.

  12. JGhotier Says:

    Wonder if Brandon Walton will be called up for Tackle depth for this game. Or does a return of Brad Seaton happen or does Hainsey go out to RT. Or do you put Cappa or Marpet out there. This has got me a little worried, I’m not gonna lie.

  13. allbuccedup Says:

    See what Demar Dotson is doing. May need him?

  14. Jerry R Jones Says:

    Hopefully Wirfs has a bucket of ice and a heating blanket attached to him all week.

  15. Mike Johnson Says:

    That ankle had to be pretty bad. When he came back in, he got bum rushed which is unusual for Wirf. He might not be ready by Sunday. Bucs gonna have to move somebody around. We will be OK..I hope.

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Need to get Guerrero on that ankle.

  17. sasquatch Says:

    Injuries continue to test this team. If we can win the SB this year, it’s arguably a more impressive achievement than last year. It’s not gonna be easy.

  18. Izod Says:

    It was bound to happen. This is where the coaching staff needs to step up and show why we pay them. Make the necessary adjustments.

    KC got manhandled in the SB mostly because they were missing a couple key OL and couldn’t make the necessary adjustments. I suspect that’s what will happen to us. We just haven’t faced too many ferocious DLs this year, outside of New Orleans and the Rams (when they didn’t have Miller)–and we got crushed in ALL of those games.

  19. firethecannons Says:

    Tristan take the fcking boot off and start pressure later today–it is your life not the guy in health office who has his own ass to cover. This is the last game this year if you don’t make it out we done–make the ankle cooperate!

  20. Kenny Says:

    Let’s all PRAY the Cards win tonight, guys! That (miracle?) would help alleviate a ton of our O-line concerns. Send all positive energy to the Cards when watching tonight! Go Cards!!

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m not putting a smallish rookie OL against Donald or Miller, that’s for sure.

    I suspect Brady might veto that move.

  22. Swampbuc Says:

    All the more reason to hope the Cards pull the upset tonight. Chandler Jones is a beast and so is Watt, but Watt is not what he was and still recuping from injury. Von Miller and Aaron Donald are scarier to me.

  23. JimBuc2 Says:

    Damn, are the Bucs snakebit, or what. One injury after another. And at the worst possible time. Crikey, get one cog back, and two more get jammed up. I get it, like BA said, “this time of year everone is banged up”. True enough, but please; we have paid our dues. Maybe we need to look for a new trainer. Sacrifice a virgin, bow three times towards Mecca, salt over the shoulder, just stop it already.
    Go Bucs!

  24. Kalind Says:

    Anyone got demar dotsons number??

  25. Bird Says:

    He can wear the boot in the game 😂

    The dude is a tank. He is tough and there is a chance
    Cmon cards and we can rest him a week

  26. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    Someone call Mr. Miagi stat!!

  27. BA4President Says:

    I feel okay about Stinnie at RT since he held down the fort last year. I’m more worried about how Cappa plays moving to RG if Wells and Wirfs are both out.

  28. kyle Says:

    the injuries are ridiculous! proud of the bucs for slugging it out and getting through them. Ive been watching this team sice, 87,88. Im lost when it comes to the injuries, its every f@##$% week man??? jesus chr99t

  29. kyle Says:

    maybe see if kenyatta walker is available??

  30. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He was fine until coaches put him back in.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    BA has undoubtedly anticipated various scenarios for player injuries, including what happens if Wirfs goes down. My bet is that at least a couple of our OLinemen have practiced at RT prior to this (backup scenario). Guess is that Cappa will move out there (he did play LT all through college, and played some RT in the Senior Bowl) and that Stinnie will slip in at RG. Minimum disruption that way … hopefully.

  32. Craig Says:

    If Wirfs isn’t 100 percent, I wouldn’t want to see him start. It takes good footwork to play the edge, and a sore ankle will complicate things.

    Wells failed to get his feet under him a couple of times. It wasn’t pretty.

  33. orlbucfan Says:

    It’s called Buc Luck and it’s been bitting Bucs for years. I’m crossing my fingers that the Mighty Defense is healthy and back, and yesterday wasn’t a mirage.

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    A ‘chance’?

    Wow… I thought for sure, considering he came back into the game, that he’d be more likely than not to play.

    But only a ‘chance’?

    Wells was terrible when he was in there, and I’m not even sure who is up next after that anymore. Hainsley was moved to center and been there all year, not sure you can just toss him outside with a weeks notice in a playoff game.

    This is terrible news. Hopefully when he said chance, they missed the quote and he said a 99% chance he’d play.

  35. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Call Michael Oher-he is in shape and could play for sure at RT.

  36. BBro Says:

    If this is going to be the case we need that snap and quick release by Brady that’s a deadly 5 to 15 yards every time

  37. Buczilla Says:

    Regardless of what happens this year I hope that Licht picks up another offensive lineman or two in the upcoming draft. I can’t remember a year when so many of our best players got seriously hurt and had to miss time.

  38. Ben Harvey Says:

    I think the Bucs are nearing the end of their rope with these injuries. Playing the Rams with 50% of their offense and potentially missing 2 of their best o line? Guys…..it’s likely over barring an amazing performance by the defense or backups. Brady isn’t mahomes or rodgers mobility wise.

  39. Franco Says:

    Move him to the opposite side and the bad ankle will take much less stress.