The Tampa Bay Buccaneers believe football success starts up front, and they have invested significant resources in their offensive and defensive lines in the past few years. On Friday night, during a 30-28 preseason win over the New England Patriots, the Buccaneers saw three of their key linemen – all of them former first-round draft picks – leave the game due to injuries.
It appears the most significant concern is the knee of Pro Bowl guard
After the game, Head Coach Greg Schiano said that Joseph's injury, "doesn't look good." He indicated that Joseph will be further examined on Saturday but later added that, "I think everybody else is going to be okay [but] I'm worried about Davin."
Specifically, Schiano said he believed both Clayborn and McCoy would be fine. Neither player was likely to see much action in the team's preseason finale next Wednesday at Washington, and the regular-season opener is still 16 days away.
Schiano will address the media on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in his scheduled day-after-game press conference. He will likely have a more definitive report on Joseph's status at that time.
Joseph, who Schiano described as "one of the team's leader, if not the team leader," was injured in the second quarter when a Patriots' defender landed on his legs from behind. Joseph started all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season and was named to his second Pro Bowl. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2006 draft.