Bucs RT Dotson returns to practice; Mike Evans held out
Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson remains in concussion protocol, but returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion 16 days earlier, a first step toward potentially returning for Saturday's game at New Orleans.
Veteran Gosder Cherilus has stepped in for Dotson in the last two games, but was beaten on two fourth-quarter sacks in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, missing the final six snaps due to a groin injury. If neither could go Saturday, the Bucs would turn to undrafted rookie Leonard Wester, who has only played in two games this season.
Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who missed a handful of snaps in Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury, was held out of Tuesday's practice, but was doing enough work on the side that the move seems precautionary rather than something that would sideline him Saturday. DT Gerald McCoy, who has been held out of the first practice in each of the last few weeks, participated in Tuesday's practice, a good sign of his relative health.