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Concussion still plagues Ali Marpet, listed as doubtful for Monday

The Bucs guard hasn’t played since a Nov. 2 night game against the Giants.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet (74), center, joins the OL while attending a team practice on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at the AdventHealth Training Center, One Buccaneer Place, in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet (74), center, joins the OL while attending a team practice on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at the AdventHealth Training Center, One Buccaneer Place, in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 21, 2020|Updated Nov. 22, 2020

TAMPA — It’s time to start being concerned about Ali Marpet. The Bucs guard could miss his third straight game with a concussion, coach Bruce Arians said Saturday afternoon.

Marpet practiced with the team later that night, but he appeared limited in the portion open to the media. His status was listed as doubtful for Monday night’s home game against the Rams.

“We’ll wait and see,” Arians said earlier in the day. “He’s going to try and do some stuff (in the night practice) and see what kind of results we have (Sunday). We’re just not going to push it. He still has a little bit of symptoms after a full practice (Thursday). We’ll just wait and see.”

The Bucs gave Marpet the night off Friday to see if the symptoms would abate.

“He just didn’t feel as well the next day that he needed to be,” Arians said. “Yeah, just stay home. I think it wears on him, everybody asking how he is. After a while, you don’t really want to answer the questions anymore.”

If Marpet can’t go, the Bucs will start A.Q. Shipley at center and move center Ryan Jensen to right guard for Monday’s game.

Marpet was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season before sustaining a concussion in a Nov. 2 game against the Giants, although he played the entire game. He has practiced at times during the past three weeks.

For Marpet to play, he has to be evaluated and cleared by an independent neurologist.

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