Guard Aaron Stinnie suffered ACL and MCL tears in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, adding to the offensive line problems already plaguing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After three years as a reserve for the Buccaneers, Stinnie, now 28, looked like a lock to take over the starting left guard position. Coach Todd Bowles of the Buccaneers revealed the severity of the injury to the media on Sunday and said the team would be on the lookout for free agent offensive linemen.
G Aaron Stinnie’s torn ACL/MCL is a blow to the offensive line’s depth chart.
twitter.com/y6jO44COHW — Sports coverage from the Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes Sports). Friday, August 21, 2022
Ali Marpet, a Pro Bowl guard for the Buccaneers, unexpectedly announced his retirement in February at the age of 28. A month later, the Buccaneers dealt for Shaq Mason from the Patriots to fill the void.
However, injuries to Pro Bowlers Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs have only added to the mounting concerns along the offensive line in the last month. Jensen’s knee injury from July will keep him out indefinitely, and Wirfs’ oblique strain from earlier this week has sidelined him as well.
The Buccaneers’ offensive line allowed the fewest sacks (23) in the NFL last season. As a team, Tampa Bay averaged 4.3 yards per carry, good for 20th in the league.
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