It seems as if players on every team are going down with severe season-ending injuries. For the Bucs, those major injuries have been avoided through the preseason. Only defensive end Larry English and rookie wide receiver Kenny Bell have been placed on injured reserve, and neither were pegged for a major role in 2015.
One injury that could haunt the Bucs is the one to offensive tackle Demar Dotson. Dotson sprained his knee in the Bucs 1st preseason game in Minnesota. Since then, he has been placed on injured reserve designated to return, which means he will miss the first seven games for the Bucs in 2015.
Wide receiver Mike Evans and defensive end Jacquies Smith both missed substantial time in the preseason, but it looks as if both are on pace to be back on the field this Sunday against the Titans. For Evans, a hamstring injury is very sensitive to work with, but his return is crucial for rookie Jameis Winston and the entire Buccaneers offense. For Smith, there are high hopes that he could become the Bucs first defensive lineman since Simeon Rice to achieve double-digit sacks.
While the Bucs stayed mostly healthy through the preseason, it is imperative for them to remain healthy as we enter the regular season if they have any aspirations of competing in the division in 2015.