Three days after breaking his knee cap and tearing his patellar tendon, Buccaneers right guard Davin Joseph was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season before it even started.
The injury in question was caused when Joseph rolled his knee in the second quarter of the Bucs 30-28 win over the New England Patriots on Friday night. Joseph writhed in pain and had to be carted off the field, something that deflated Bucs fans everywhere and seriously puts a kink in Tampa’s plans to have an All-Pro offensive line.
After the game, the locker room was grim — reminiscent of how the Chicago Bulls locker room was after Derrick Rose’s ACL tear back in May. Joseph tried to remain in good spirits, tweeting after the game that he’d be back, but it’ll be a long while before Joseph is protecting Josh Freeman and opening lanes for Doug Martin.
The blow also means a change in the value of this Bucs team. Heavily reliant on offensive line play, the Buccaneers are now trusting Ted Larsen with taking over for the Pro Bowl right guard. Larsen has seldom played for the Bucs and will be tasked with filling mighty shoes on the right side of the line.
Jeremy Trueblood will now be the anchor on the right side, and defenses now have a chink in the armor of an otherwise stout line to focus on.
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