TAMPA — When the Bucs return to the field Wednesday for their first full practice after the bye week, two key offensive players are expected to return from injury.
Offensive lineman Demar Dotson, recovering from calf and hamstring injuries, and wide receiver Breshad Perriman, returning from a left hamstring injury, plan on practicing without restriction on Wednesday. Both players hope to be ready for Sunday’s road date with the Tennessee Titans.
“I’m ready,” Perriman said. “I expect to play Sunday with nothing really holding me back.”
Perriman participated in Tuesday’s light practice, a session described by Bucs coach Bruce Arians as a “glorified walk-through.” The team wore spider shoulder pads, lighter foam cushions, rather than their traditional shoulder pads, but Arians said most players were running at full speed in their first workout since the week off.
Perriman, 26, last appeared on Sept. 29 against the Rams, when he played only five snaps before exiting early with injury. He was targeted once and did not record a catch in the win over Los Angeles. Through the first three games of the year, Perriman appeared in 61 percent of offensive snaps, ranking third among Bucs receivers behind only Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. With Perriman back in the fold, the receiving corps receives an infusion of speed from their third option in the passing game.
“Even when he doesn’t think he’s moving fast, we joke about it because he’s flying past guys,” Godwin said of Perriman. “He’s so dynamic.”
Dotson, 34, last appeared against New Orleans on Oct. 6, but he played in a season-low 49 snaps and exited early due to injury. After missing Tampa Bay’s Week 6 game against Carolina in London, Dotson hopes to return to his right tackle position against the Titans.
“My expectation is to play,” Dotson said. “We’re in pads (Wednesday), so I plan on practicing.”
In the Bucs one game without the veteran Dotson, reserve lineman Josh Wells filled in at right tackle, and quarterback Jameis Winston was sacked seven times against Carolina. Through the first four games of the season, Dotson appeared in all 218 of the Bucs offensive snaps, and Winston was sacked a total of 12 times. The right side of the Bucs offensive line remains without guard Alex Cappa, who broke his arm against the Saints on Oct. 6.