Bucs without guards Sweezy, Marpet until training camp
The Bucs opened voluntary minicamp Tuesday without starting guards J.R. Sweezy and Ali Marpet, and head coach Dirk Koetter said both are recovering from unspecified offseason procedures and won't likely practice until training camp in late July.
"J.R. had to have an offseason procedure done. He's going to be out for OTAs and will be back and ready to go for training camp," Koetter said. "We're starting a little bit earlier than some teams and there are tons of guys in the league having some offseason things cleaned up. J.R. falls into that category ... Ali is another guy that's in that boat. ... We don't have any guy on our team right now that we don't anticipate will be with us for training camp."
Sweezy wasn't at practice Tuesday, though Koetter said he was at One Buc Place, and both Marpet and guard/center Evan Smith did not participate while watching drills. With those linemen out, the Bucs had Kevin Pamphile working as the starting left guard and Josh Allen working at right guard.
Koetter said that WR Louis Murphy, recovering from ACL surgery last fall, also won't practice until training camp, and defensive end Jacquies Smith, recovering from shoulder surgery, was also a spectator at Tuesday's practice.