Petitgout's injury dragging on for Bucs

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

With all the talk about the injuries to Joey Galloway, Jeff Garcia and Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay left tackle Luke Petitgout has been overlooked a bit. But this injury could have big implications for the regular season.

Petitgout, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 last year, has not been able to return to practice. With each day he misses there's growing concern Petitgout may have to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.

"Yes, there sure is," Gruden said. "That's why he's not active at this point in time. I do know our training staff is working hard and Luke is working hard. The injury just isn't ready to go yet."

The Bucs had hoped Petitgout would be ready for the start of training camp, but it hasn't worked out that way. Donald Penn, who started 12 games last year, has been working with the first team. The Bucs had hoped that tackles Anthony Davis, Chris Clark and Dennis Roland could step up and become alternatives to Penn, but they haven't.

Penn played well at times last year, but he's not the kind of left tackle who can dominate. Petitgout is not dominant either, but he's a very solid left tackle and the Bucs have done a good job of building up the rest of their offensive line. That could all go to waste unless the Bucs can get Petitgout back on the field or get Penn to play over his head.