He was immediately declared out for the game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have just lost their starting right tackle, at least for the immediate future. After playing one drive, Demar Dotson left the game with a groin injury and was almost immediately declared to be out for the remainder.

That’s not good, and a quick announcement usually means it’s a fairly serious injury. Dotson’s been a mainstay at right tackle for years now, and is one of the better players at that position in the NFL. Losing him would be a pretty significant blow to the Bucs’ offense, which doesn’t have the most consistent offensive line anyway.

Caleb Benenoch, last year’s fifth-round pick, stepped in to replace Demar Dotson. And if Benenoch does well, that may turn out to be a permanent move: Dotson turns 32 this year and looked like he was starting his inevitable decline last season.

We should have some more details on Dotson’s injury after the game, or tomorrow.


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