Dotson inactive, Bucs back to Cherilus at right tackle
The Bucs are going back to Gosder Cherilus at right tackle, with Demar Dotson inactive for today's game against the Saints after getting his first start in last week's win against the Falcons.
Cherilus had been limited by a knee injury, and now that he's healthy, he's back at the position where he took every snap in the Bucs' first 11 games. Dotson had done a "really nice job" according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, but he won't dress today, relegated to a smaller role than he'd had in three games before his start.
As expected, DT Gerald McCoy (hand) and LB Lavonte David (ankle) are both active and will start despite injuries that limited them this week. Both are key parts of a defense that will be challenged by Saints quarterback Drew Brees today.
The Bucs have three defensive ends inactive today -- Jacquies Smith (hamstring) and George Johnson (calf) due to injuries and rookie Josh Shirley as a healthy scratch. TE Brandon Myers is inactive for the second straight game as the No. 4 tight end, and Ryan Griffin is inactive as the third quarterback. LB Jeremiah George, who had played every game this season as a regular on special teams, is inactive this week, so the Bucs will go with Orie Lemon, newcomer Adarius Glanton and rookie Josh Keyes as the linebackers on coverage units.