Bucs confirm G Joseph to undergo surgery on torn patellar tendon, headed to IR
The Bucs confirmed the worst about guard Davin Joseph -- he will undergo season-ending surgery for a torn right patellar tendon Monday and be placed on Injured Reserve.
Joseph was injured late in the second quarter of the Bucs' 30-28 win over the New England Patriots Friday when a player was blocked by tackle Donald Penn and fell into the leg of the two-time Pro Bowler.
“It’s big, but it’s part of what we do, right? You mourn and you move on,'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said Saturday. "That’s what you do. That’s what we have to do. Davin wants us to do that. He’s going to go get surgery and start on his road to recovery and we’ve got to fix our sights on how are we going to move forward.''
Joseph was unavailable for comment, but wrote on Twitter, "Thanks for all of the support, positive vibes, and prayers. Overall, it could be worse. God has a plan. I'll be back ASAP."
Ted Larsen, the third-year pro from Palm Harbor University High School who was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2010, replaced Joseph in Friday's game. Larsen started the final 11 games of 2010 for the Bucs at guard and had three starts a year ago. But Schiano said the Bucs will look at several other players as well to find the best five offensive linemen. Tampa Bay also likes guard Derek Hardman.
“I think right now you look and Larsen has played there, so that’s one guy,'' Schiano said. "There are other guys that have played there. We’re going to mess around with a few things and quickly come to a pecking order and it may be one of those deals like (Demar) Dotson and (Jeremy) Trueblood are doing right now. They’re taking turns (at right tackle). There may be two guys taking shots at it right now.
"I think we have the answer internally,'' Schiano said. "That’s why we’ve been trying to build depth at all positions. But we always look outside. That’s a constant. If there’s somebody we think fits our mold, we’ll do what we can to get them.''
The Bucs had been looking forward to pairing Joseph, 28, a first-round pick of the Bucs in 2006, with Saints Pro Bowl free agent Carl Nicks. Schiano said it was just one of those unfortunate things that happen in football.
“Actually, the guy did an inside move, Penn recovered and his man went down and fell in the back of Davin,'' Schiano said. "It’s one of those just wrong place, wrong place things.
"It’s part of the deal. How many people remember that (defensive end) Da’Quan Bowers isn’t playing with us right now? Nobody. That’s the point. Everything moves on and when the guys get healthy, they come back. But nobody cares. Your opponents don’t care. You guys don’t care, right? I mean, we’re here to win.''
The Bucs finish the preseason with a game Wednesday against the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field, when many of the starters are not expected to play. But Schiano said the Bucs hope to settle on the player to replace Joseph quickly to give them time to prepare for the season opener against Carolina Sept. 9.
“That’s the way the game is. Next up,'' Schiano said. "Let’s get them up and figure out who next is. And some of that has to be competed for, I think. I don’t think it’s a slam dunk who it is, so there will be some discussion and we’ll move on.
“We’d better have a solid unit on opening day, that’s for sure. We’ll make sure we lock in so they’ll have time to prepare, whoever it is.''