Tampa Bay Buccaneers right tackle Demar Dotson left Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a left knee injury. Dotson went down and had to be helped to the sideline just before halftime.
He appeared to be in significant pain, and was taken from the sideline to the locker room. There’s no official word on what exactly happened, but we’ll update when there’s more information. He needs to get an MRI to reveal the extent of the knee injury, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. He’s “believed” to have a sprained MCL, though it could be more serious.
Dotson has been the starting right tackle for the Buccaneers since 2012, when he beat Jeremy Trueblood for the spot. He signed a three-year contract extension in 2013, and was contemplating a holdout in training camp this offseason while campaigning for a new deal. He is one of the top right tackles in the league, and if he has to miss any time it would be significant for the Buccaneers.
Though Winston struggled in the first quarter, he still threw the ball downfield on a couple of occasions. Perhaps Winston’s best toss of the night was a 40-yard completion to Vincent Jackson on the Bucs’ third drive, which came on 3rd-and-14. He finished the night 9-for-19 for 131 yards.
It has been an up-and-down training camp so far for Winston, who was named the Bucs’ starter at the end of July. He threw three interceptions in a practice earlier this month, and has been picked off eight times in practice. Winston recently told ESPN’s Ron Jaworski he’s struggled to adjust to certain aspects of the professional game.
So when a guy scores a touchdown, gets a sack, an interception, makes a big run on third-and-1 or makes any other kind of play, why in the fuck wouldn’t he be emotional about it?!
Otherwise, I just figured nose tackle was a much better fit for him. But the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the first round to be a three technique in a fast-flow 4-3 defense, and to my surprise, he is actually getting pretty good at it.