The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots spent a few days in central Florida this week for a joint practice. The Patriots hit the field tonight against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium and the upstart Tampa Bay team got the best of the team from New England. While there were some impressive moves by the Buccaneers early on, Tampa suffered an injury which might linger for the rest of the season, impacting the Buccaneers season.
Just prior to halftime, Buccaneers OG Davin Joseph was carted off after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury. Joseph, paired up with Carl Nicks were on paper, going to be the best offensive line guard pairing of the 2012 season. So goes the old saying that the game is never played on paper. Buccaneers beat writer Stephen Holder suggests that the injury to Joseph will be season ending.
This was going to be a Buccaneers team which focused on the run and the possible loss of Joseph now changes the offense going forward. Ted Larsen came in with the first team offense to fill the void of Joseph. This is going to change a lot of expectations for the Buccaneers running game this season if Joseph will be lost for the year.
In addition to Joseph, DT Gerald McCoy also was helped off the field with an unknown injury, but Buccaneers fans have to be skeptical every time they see the former third overall selection go down.
If you are still waiting to draft your fantasy team and have your eye on Doug Martin of the Buccaneers, keep an eye in the next few days as to what is learned about Davin Joseph.