Bucs tackle Demar Dotson cleared from concussion protocol
The Bucs have good news at a key position, as starting right tackle Demar Dotson, who has missed the last three games, has been cleared from concussion protocol and can play in Sunday's season finale at home against Carolina.
"I'm just glad to be back," Dotson said Thursday in the locker room before practice. "I'm just glad to be back here with the guys, with an opportunity to get back out here and play. That's what I'm focused on, what I'm excited about, the opportunity to play."
The Bucs used backup Gosder Cherilus for the first two games Dotson missed, and Cherilus was beaten on two key sacks late in the Bucs' loss at Dallas, when he suffered a groin injury that sidelined him from last week's game against the Saints. Without both, the Bucs had to shift left guard Kevin Pamphile to right tackle, with Evan Smith stepping in at left guard; Dotson's healthy return will allow Pamphile to return to left guard and the position he's played all season.
"Any time you can get on the football field, that's what they're paying you to do," Dotson said. "They don't pay me to sit on the sidelines. So just go out here and play this last game ... to fight and compete with these guys. Just to leave a good memory in people's minds. I want people to have a good memory about me. That's every guy's mindset, to go out and compete, to play hard and win this football game."