Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Demar Dotson stays up late on election night to cheer on Trump

TAMPA — Bucs T Demar Dotson said he stayed up until 1 a.m. Wednesday watching the presidential election returns until, after doing some quick addition of electoral votes, he realized his candidate had won.

"I stayed up until 1 o'clock in the morning, man, pulling for (Donald) Trump," Dotson said later Wednesday. "But after 1, after I did my little calculation, I said, 'Trump got it.' I was waiting until 1, but I was getting too sleepy and had to go to sleep, but I was glad to see Trump win it."

Was he surprised that Trump will become the 45th president of the United States?

"I was a little surprised by the domination, but I wasn't surprised Trump won," Dotson said. "Even though a lot of teammates are mad at me because I was pulling for Trump."

WR Adam Humphries called it a "heavyweight battle" between Republican Trump and Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"It was just crazy to watch," said Humphries, who said he watched the election returns until 11 p.m. Tuesday. "Yeah, I mean, obviously, the media portrayed that Hillary Clinton would probably come out with the win, so to see Trump come out and get that win, it was a surprise a little bit. But we'll see what he can do."

Bucs QB Jameis Winston said his focus Tuesday night wasn't on politics.

"I went to sleep, man," Winston said. "We've got to win this game (Sunday against the Bears). We can deal with that (presidential election) every four years."

INJURIES: Winston participated fully in Wednesday's practice, but he is included in the Bucs' official injury report for the first time in his two-year NFL career after missing the end of last week's loss to the Falcons with a knee injury.

Winston's top target, WR Mike Evans, who leads the NFL with eight touchdown receptions, is also included in the injury report, though he, too, was a full participant. Evans remained in the NFL's concussion protocol after taking a hard hit on the sideline in the Falcons game, but coach Dirk Koetter said he expected Evans to be cleared from the protocol perhaps before today's practice.

Both Winston and Evans are expected to be healthy and play against the Bears.

Six other players were limited by injuries. RB Doug Martin practiced for the first time since injuring a hamstring in Week 2 and was limited, as were C Joe Hawley (knee) and DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring). RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot), G Kevin Pamphile (concussion) and WR Russell Shepard (hip) were held out of practice.

STILL A FAN: Cameron Brate will be all business Sunday, but the third-year tight end, 25, says he grew up a huge Bears fan — especially of QB Jay Cutler, 33, who joined the Bears in 2009 — in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

"When I signed here, the background on my phone was Jay Cutler," Brate said. "I'm a huge Jay Cutler fan."

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