Sunday, July 22, 2018
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  • Rick Stroud and Greg Auman

Bucs offensive line gets thinner as center Joe Hawley is inactive with an illness today at Green Bay

The Bucs must be sick about the shape of their offensive line. In fact, an illness will make backup veteran center Joe Hawley inactive for today's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tampa Bay already is without center Ali Marpet and right tackle Demar Dotson, who were placed on injured reserve after both suffered knee injuries in last Sunday's 34-20 loss at Atlanta.

Hawley, the starting center for 2015-16, was going to replace Marpet with guard Kevin Pamphile moving to right tackle and Evan Smith starting at left guard.

But Hawley fell ill on Saturday. That will force the Bucs to move Smith to center and Caleb Benenoch will make his first start at right tackle. Pamphile will remain at left guard.

The line dance comes at a bad time for the Bucs as quarterback Jameis Winston returns today after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

The Bucs other inactives are running back Doug Martin, safety Josh Robinson, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, safety T.J. Ward, defensive end Robert Ayers and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald

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