Report: Josh Wells Is Done For The Season

December 26th, 2022

Season over.

A key backup swing tackle is done for the 2022 season.

Bucs tackle Josh Wells, who plays left and right tackle, suffered a knee injury last night and it appears it is major. Wells started for injured left tackle Donovan Smith and got carted to the locker room.

Per Ian Rapoport of, Wells had a nasty injury that will sideline him until next season.

OT Josh Wells suffered a torn patellar tendon in Sunday’s win over Arizona and is out for the remainder of the season.

The thing about Wells is that he is versatile, which means a lot for a backup. And given the fact both right tackle Tristan Wirfs and Smith are battling injuries, this is a key loss if the Bucs are going to play meaningful games in January.

Last night was a good example. Wirfs was really struggling to stay on the field in the latter part of the overtime win. Had Wells and/or Smith been healthy, Wirfs likely would have been pulled.

Props to Wirfs for gutting it out.

27 Responses to “Report: Josh Wells Is Done For The Season”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Tough injury to come back from
    The similar to achilles recovery

  2. sasquatch Says:

    We’ll be drafting OTs. One to replace Smith (or WIrfs if he moves left to replace Smith), and one backup swing tackle.

  3. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Looked bad…almost can be considered a non contact injury of sorts. Top heavy fellas and the stress they put on their smaller ( proportionally speaking ) lower body can be extreme.

    Ok Donovan…time to get right and regain your form from 2020-2021.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    Smith – Marpet-Jensen -Cappo-Trist
    Gronk of either side
    No shttt Sherlock

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    Didn’t Walton do a decent job subbing at LT?

  6. BucsfanFred Says:

    Got any more good news for us?

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Sorry to see Wells get hurt, and Russell Gage as well.

  8. Tony Says:

    They definitely need to go out this offseason & sign a good OL as well as draft one maybe two. Either way they’re probably gonna have to definitely go out in the offseason & do something in FA & this is why they need to trade down in the draft instead of trading up. Get more picks & address more needs, too!

  9. firethecannons Says:

    remember that Goedeke was a tackle in college is that possible now? sure all options are on the table

  10. Allbuccedup Says:

    Wirfs was limping late in the game hopefully he will be ok.

  11. Mr. Magoo Says:

    I don’t think we’ll be in the playoffs long, even if we make it. We will get bounced in the first game. Anything else is a pipe dream.

  12. NEfan Says:

    No need to find new olinemen I guess according to Bowels and Licht Bucs are good.

  13. NEfan Says:

    Watt made probowl?? Wirf look like a rookie last night.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    When I saw the kneecap wasn’t covering his joint anymore, I knew he was gone for the year. Wish I was wrong. And as far as what that means for his future? I have no idea.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Poor Brady. I don’t see how he gets anything accomplished with the line the way it is.

  16. D-Rok Says:

    Are the Bucs FINALLY go get another lineman????

    Naw, they good – they’ll just pull up someone from practice squad. SMH.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    NEfan Says
    “No need to find new olinemen I guess according to Bowels and Licht Bucs are good.”

    I doubt there are any decent linemen out there to sign.

    Marpet retiring was painful. Jensen injured was horrible. We have backups of backups starting. It’s an impossible situation.

  18. Tony Says:

    Brady given Logan Mankins a call.🤣

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    Ask Cadillac Williams how coming back from that injury goes…

  20. Bucs go Bucs Says:

    This is a pattern, not coincidence or bad luck.
    This OL is the most poorly conditioned group.

    Go Bucs.

  21. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse.

  22. tampabuscsbro Says:

    I don’t know what else people wanted to do?

    we have had 5 offensive line injuries on the year that position has been decimated.

    I don’t even want to think about what it would look like if we didn’t trade for Mason.

    Let’s go through the list.

    LT hurt backup LT hurt

    pro bowl RG retired another RG hurt Rookie second roud pick bust Rookie UFA is starting calibre.

    Pro Bowl Center went down in training camp. Backup second year is solid.

    RG left in FA. Traded for a better one.

    All pro RT hurt possible backup also hurt.

    Not sure what you guys think they should have done. The fact they still look like an average line with all these injuries is a miracle.

  23. Redeemer Says:

    It’s not their fault. They’re backups for a reason. Most times, you can get by with spot duty from second and third stringers, even for a couple games. When they’re asked to play multiple weeks, the deficiencies become apparent. Feel bad for wells.

  24. Buc4evr Says:

    Time to go max protect. Two tight ends and keep the rb back to block. No huddle vertical game. Let’s go!

  25. Irishmist Says:

    I don’t suppose there’s any chance that Ali Marpet can put back on 50 pounds of muscle in 3 weeks.

  26. mark2001 Says:

    Ali has a great life…plenty of money… no more sleep apnea… no more concussions. Why would he ever want to come back? My only beef is that Licht should have known he was retiring before we let Cappa walk out the door without trying harder to keep him here.

  27. Red86 Says:

    I knew it was bad. His knee looked unusually flat on the replay. Get well soon Wells.