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Bucs’ Jamel Dean, Alex Cappa injury updates

Bruce Arians shares his thoughts on Tampa Bay’s 28-11 win at Jacksonville Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (35). [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (35). [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Dec. 2

TAMPA — Cornerback Jamel Dean made his second start Sunday against the Jaguars but it didn’t last long. The third-round pick from Auburn played only seven snaps before suffering a bruised shoulder.

“We’ll know more probably this afternoon,'' coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “Jamel looked pretty sore.”

The Bucs also are concerned about starting right guard Alex Cappa, who suffered a right elbow injury during Tampa Bay’s 28-11 win in Jacksonville. Cappa missed two games with a broken left arm this season.

“I don’t know what (Cappa’s injury) is yet,” Arians said. "He probably played a quarter with it and didn’t say anything. I wish he had said something because he was struggling a little bit.''

Cappa was replaced by veteran Earl Watford at right guard. The Bucs mixed up their secondary following Dean’s injury, playing veteran cornerback Ryan Smith on occasion.

Best rookie?

One day after Devin White followed his first career interception with a fumble recovery and return 14 yards for a touchdown, it’s hard not to declare him the Bucs’ best rookie.

Sean Murphy-Bunting also had a game-sealing interception in the end zone.

“It’s huge. Once you do it, you know you can. Devin had the sacks last week. The interception this week,” Arians said. "The touchdown is huge for him and his growth. Sean, it’s a second time for him.

"I see Mike Edwards playing faster and faster.''

But none of those players may be the Bucs’ best rookie this season, Arians said. That distinction could go to kicker Matt Gay, who is 23 of 26 on field-goal attempts this season, making 88 percent of his kicks.

"Somebody just me what rookie you think has probably had the most impact? Of course, I start reeling off (players) and forgot about Matt Gay,'' Arians said. "He’s probably had the best impactful impact of all of them.''

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bucs-Jaguars rewind


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  2. In Sunday's win, Jameis Winston finished with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, three interceptions and more than 400 passing yards. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to hit those marks in a single game. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  Associated Press]
    We’re talking about Tampa Bay’s grit and resilience but overlooking the reason why it fell behind in the first place: the quarterback.
  3. Quarterback Jameis Winston (3) reaches across the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of the Bucs' 38-35 win over Indianapolis Sunday in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Linebacker Lavonte David lit into teammates at halftime Sunday and the Bucs rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit.
  4. Bucs receiver Mike Evans signs a Texas A&M jersey during his charity bowling event in Tampa on Monday night. Proceeds go to the Mike Evans Family Foundation, which provides college scholarships to low-income students. [EDUARDO ENCINA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    In it’s first year of existence, the Mike Evans Family Foundation has helped send low-income students to college.
  5. The Eagles and Carson Wentz, above, overcome the Giants and Eli Manning for a home victory. [MICHAEL PEREZ  |  AP]
    Philadelphia scores the game’s final 20 points, ties Dallas for first in the NFC East.
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) sustains an injury while scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts defense during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, December 8, 2019.  [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    Both players were injured in the Bucs’ home win against the Colts.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) celebrates as he runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio) [MARK LOMOGLIO  |  AP]
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  8. The sight of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throwing a pass has been equal parts disaster and joy for opponents and Tampa Bay fans. Winston is second in the NFL in passing yards (with a team record 4,115) and is first in interceptions (with a career high 23). [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    John Romano’s Gimme 5 | Winston’s boom-or-bust season, Ryan Griffin’s passing debut and a special thank you to Hall of Famer John Elway.
  9. Plus, Vikings stay relevant, don’t count out the Patriots and a playoff spot for losers? All on the road to Miami Gardens
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson (17) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, December 8, 2019.  [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
    John Romano | After a 2-6 start, the Bucs are on a hot streak. Is it enough to convince you they’re for real?