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Bucs offensive line gets thinner as center Joe Hawley is inactive with an illness today at Green Bay

Already missing two starters on their offensive line, veteran backup center Joe Hawley is inactive with an illness. Evan Smith starts at center and Caleb Benenoch at tackle
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Joe Hawley (68) is inactive today at Green Bay with an illness
LOREN ELLIOTT | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Joe Hawley (68) is inactive today at Green Bay with an illness
Published Dec. 3, 2017

The Bucs must be sick about the shape of their offensive line. In fact, an illness will make backup veteran center Joe Hawley inactive for today's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tampa Bay already is without center Ali Marpet and right tackle Demar Dotson, who were placed on injured reserve after both suffered knee injuries in last Sunday's 34-20 loss at Atlanta.

Hawley, the starting center for 2015-16, was going to replace Marpet with guard Kevin Pamphile moving to right tackle and Evan Smith starting at left guard.

But Hawley fell ill on Saturday. That will force the Bucs to move Smith to center and Caleb Benenoch will make his first start at right tackle. Pamphile will remain at left guard.

The line dance comes at a bad time for the Bucs as quarterback Jameis Winston returns today after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

The Bucs other inactives are running back Doug Martin, safety Josh Robinson, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, safety T.J. Ward, defensive end Robert Ayers and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald