Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers are likely to place G J.R. Sweezy on the physically unable to perform list at the start of the regular season.
According to Stroud, Sweezy’s troublesome back is enough of an issue for the team to add him to the PUP list, which would cost him the first five games of the season.
Sweezy got a second opinion from a doctor in California who did not do the surgery, and he later said that “everything is good.”
“Just went and got it checked out. Everything is good. I’m on track,’’ Sweezy said Saturday. “I’m taking it day by day and trying to get back to where I need to be to play at the level I need to play at.’’
It’s likely Kevin Pamphile will step in for Sweezy in the Bucs’ starting lineup to open the year.
Sweezy, 27, was taken in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s played out his rookie contract and was one of the better guard in this year’s free agent market.
The Buccaneers signed Sweezy to a five year, $32.5 million contract that includes $14.5 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Sweezy appeared in 15 games for the Seahawks and was rated by Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 69 guard out of 82 qualifying players.