OG Davin Joseph has seen his 2012 season come to an end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Injured in their game Friday night against the New England Patriots, Joseph will undergo surgery on Monday to repair his patellar tendon. This injury comes as a large blow to the Buccaneers as they begin to embark on their 2012 campaign under rookie head coach Greg Schiano.
Under Schiano, the Buccaneers figure to be a run-centric offense. The team made moves this offseason in order to insure that. They signed veteran OG Carl Nicks and drafted RB Doug Martin. On paper, the Buccaneers were believed to have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL with both Nicks and Joseph being Pro-Bowl quality.
Tampa Bay is now going to have to move forward and fill the void created by the loss of Joseph. The Buccaneers believe that they will plug in Ted Larsen in the right guard void created by the injury. Larsen has started a handful of games at the left guard position in recent years for the Buccaneers, but he is not the caliber of offensive lineman that Joseph is.
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, a longtime Buccaneers beat writer, suggests that the Buccaneers could move Larsen to center and kick OC Jeremy Zuttah to the right guard position. I expect the Buccaneers will try a combination of alignments in the coming days in order to try to make up for the loss of Joseph. The injury could be a blow for the early plans on a run heavy offense for the Buccaneers this season.