Surgery sidelines Demar Dotson for OTAs, minicamp

Injuries decimated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘ offensive line last year, and the prognosis remains uneven as the 2018 season approaches. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss organized-team activities and minicamp later this offseason.

Dotson, the Buccaneers ‘ starting right tackle for the majority of the past six seasons, has dealt with knee trouble in the past. A ruptured posterior cruciate ligament prematurely ended his 2017 campaign in late November, landing him on injured reserve the same week that starting center Ali Marpet suffered his own season-ending knee injury. Dotson also missed most of 2015 with a torn MCL.

While the Patriots could be looking to make a bold move up the draft board for a quarterback, they instead could fill the huge void left by Nate Solder. McGlinchey has many similarities to Solder and should be a plug-and-play left tackle in New England’s offense.

Carolina needs to address some holes in its defense, but adding a playmaker at receiver would address their most immediate need to help them return to the playoffs. Moore is an NFL-ready Z receiver who fits exactly what the Panthers need.

“But as we’re learning about concussions there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got ‘dinged.’ When you have ringing of the ears, seeing stars, that is a concussion,” Favre said (via the AP). “If that’s a concussion, then I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career, which is frightening.”

The former quarterback notes that things were different years ago, when a player who had a “little head ding” would stay on the field to prove his toughness.

“I grew up playing football. My dad was the coach, he was tough on me, he was a hard-nosed, just in-your-face-type of guy, and he didn’t know what concussions were about,” Favre said. “We knew basically what a concussion was, but the thought process in those days was you would never come out of a game or practice because you had a little head ding. You would be considered, for lack of a better term, a sissy.dolphins_121

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