I have been calling to see more of Kevin Pamphile at left tackle, and it appears I might be getting my wish. Buccaneers starting left tackle, Anthony Collins, injured his elbow in last week's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. That elbow could sideline Collins against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this Sunday.
“You know, when you miss practice on a Thursday, it’s not a good thing, so we’ll see," Lovie Smith said about Anthony Collins on Thursday. "Again, he didn’t practice today. A lot of times I do try to play the role of ‘Dr. Smith’ – I’m going to leave that alone this time. Hopefully he can go tomorrow.”
Well, Collins ended up missing practice on Friday as well.
"When guys don’t practice on Fridays it’s not a good thing," Lovie Smith said Friday.
If Collins is unable to play on Sunday against the Lions, the Bucs might have two options as his replacement. O'neil Cousins could be the 1st choice, but with both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers missing practice, the Bucs might choose to have Cousins play tight end like he did last week. The other option would be for the Bucs to see what they have in rookie Kevin Pamphile.
No matter who's at left tackle, the task will be difficult. Ziggy Ansah is a physical freak with 6.5 sacks this season. If rookie Kevin Pamphile gets the nod for the Bucs, it will be interesting to see if he can hold his own against the Lions edge rusher.
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