Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Decision to replace Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph could go into next week

TAMPA — The Bucs knew replacing two-time Pro Bowl RG Davin Joseph would be difficult.

And it appears the decision could go into next week.

Ever since Joseph, out for the season, tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the third preseason game Aug. 24, the Bucs said they'd let the competition within determine the answer.

Jamon Meredith and Ted Larsen played right guard Wednesday against the Redskins, and each took first-team reps during Thursday's practice. But coach Greg Schiano said nobody has emerged as the front-runner.

"There was no, 'Wow, that's the guy!' " Schiano said. "I think it is the cumulative body of work."

Larsen, 25, from Palm Harbor and entering his third season, has started 14 games for the Bucs over the past two seasons. Meredith, a tackle entering his fourth season who before Wednesday hadn't played a game at guard since college, has appeared in 17 NFL games, starting four (for the Bills in 2009).

"Just being Year 3 … you start to get in a little bit of a rhythm and feel more confident," Larsen said.

Madu out: The agent for Mossis Madu said the running back will be among today's cuts.

ON TRACK: WR Arrelious Benn and DT Amobi Okoye are seeing progress with their knee injuries and could play in the opener.

Benn, sidelined since the first day of training camp with a sprained right knee, has been increasing his activity daily and getting more work during the early part of practice.

"It's tough sitting there watching," Benn said. "I went through an injury my rookie year, but I only missed one game. To sit there and watch a whole training camp go by is tough. But I'm not worried about anything. I'm just glad to be back."

Okoye, a key to the depth on the defensive line, said he has seen progress since arthroscopic surgery in June. But a history of issues with the knee and an initial setback in his recovery complicated matters.

"I did the conditioning test (on July 28), and it felt good after that," Okoye said. "I played in Miami (in the preseason opener). But I just think the constant beating and beating on it was an issue. It had some swelling, and I just needed to continue to rehab it.

"I'm out there practicing on and off, and I'm basically just getting it ready for Sundays. Right now, it's feeling better than it was even before the conditioning test."

MORE MEDICAL: Schiano said CB E.J. Biggers (broken left foot) is getting better but won't be ready for the opener. … LB Mason Foster (hamstring), held out of the final two preseason games, said he "definitely" will be ready for the opener.

Decision to replace Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph could go into next week 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs defensive end Chris Baker (90) is seen during training camp last month at One Buc Place. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. Bucs' defensive attributes in opener included flexibility


    TAMPA — It's a blink-and-you-miss-it nuance, but in Sunday's opener against Chicago, on their very first defensive snap, the Bucs lined up in a 3-4 defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter shakes hands with cornerback Brent Grimes (24) before an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  3. Bucs-Vikings: What if O.J. Howard and Dalvin Cook had both been taken?


    So what if the Bucs had taken neither O.J. Howard nor Dalvin Cook with the 19th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft?

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) makes a reception as Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) tackles him Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Wish the Bucs had taken Dalvin Cook? Read this


    It will happen sometime Sunday afternoon.

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball in the second quarter Monday night, Sept. 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.  (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
  5. Bucs-Vikings: What could make Tampa Bay's defense elite again


    TAMPA — The last time the Bucs had a top-five defense also happens to be when they last appeared in the postseason.

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) celebrates after recovering a fumble by Chicago Bears quarterback Mike Glennon (8) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]