Saturday, September 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Report: Bucs’ Demar Dotson to miss summer after knee surgery

Add offensive tackle to the positions where the Bucs have a question mark, less than two weeks before the NFL draft.

Starting right tackle Demar Dotson, who missed the final five games of last season with a knee injury, had surgery this past week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's expected to miss OTAs and minicamp with the injury but return healthy in time for the starting of training camp in late July, according to the report.

Dotson, 32, was cleared to resume football activities in February and had an option picked up by the Bucs in March to pay him about $4.6 million for the 2018 season. It's unclear whether the meniscus injury was suffered in the Falcons game Nov. 29 where he said tore his posterior cruciate ligament but returned and finished the game.

The Bucs have limited depth at offensive tackle — starting left tackle Donovan Smith is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and the top backup is third-year pro Leonard Wester, who has never started an NFL game.

Tampa Bay brought in Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey, one of the top tackle prospects in the upcoming draft, for a visit this past week.

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