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Bucs’ Ali Marpet says he trusted the process during concussion protocol

The veteran left guard was sidelined three consecutive games in November.
Bucs left guard Ali Marpet (74) missed three games in November while in concussion protocol.
Bucs left guard Ali Marpet (74) missed three games in November while in concussion protocol. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 31, 2020
Updated Dec. 31, 2020

While loved ones, friends and essentially a whole fan base speculated the worst during his lengthy confinement in concussion protocol earlier this season, Bucs left guard Ali Marpet indicated Thursday that he remained calm.

And cautiously optimistic.

“I would say that, no, I was not too concerned,” Marpet said in his first meeting with reporters since returning to action in Week 12 against the Chiefs.

“I think that I had really smart people around me that were guiding me that were giving me helpful, healthy information, and I felt very comfortable with the process about getting back and making sure when I come back I’m healthy.”

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Marpet, 27, sustained the concussion in the Monday night road win against the Giants on Nov. 2, then missed the next three games. He was seen engaging in practice on a limited basis while in protocol, but wasn’t cleared to play until the morning of the Chiefs contest on Nov. 29.

“Naturally as far as the low point, yeah, there’s frustration because you want it to be a certain way and it’s not,” said Marpet, who has played every offensive snap in three of the four games (the 47-7 rout at Detroit the lone exception) since his return.

“But ultimately you kind of just have to trust the process and let your body do what it does to heal and play when you’re ready to play. That’s the sort of injury where you need to make sure you’re 100 percent, and I feel very comfortable that I did that, and I think one reason I was able to do that was because of the smart people around me.”