Bucs G Kevin Pamphile cleared from concussion protocol
The Bucs' offensive line can be back to full strength for Sunday's home game against Seattle, as left guard Kevin Pamphile has been cleared from concussion protocol after being sidelined the last two games, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday.
The Bucs have gotten by with first-year players Ben Gottschalk and Caleb Benenoch at left guard in their last two wins, but having Pamphile back will be a boost not only against a Seahawks defense tied for the NFL lead with 31 sacks, but also as the Bucs seek to establish their running game as well. Sunday will mark the first time the Bucs have had their line intact and running back Doug Martin healthy since early in Week 2 against Arizona.
Koetter was also pleased to see cornerback Brent Grimes back as a full participant in Friday's practice, after missing most of Sunday's win with a quad injury that also had him held out of Wednesday's practice. Having Grimes healthy is a major plus against Seattle's passing game, knowing the Bucs are already without nickel corner Jude Adjei-Barimah, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Running back Jacquizz Rodgers, out the last three games with a foot injury, practiced again Friday, but it's unknown whether he'll be able to return Sunday.