TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with some injuries along the offensive line, but none as big as left guard J.R. Sweezy, who remains on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that Sweezy is doubtful to return this week.
A league source said that Sweezy is "most likely" going to finish the season on the reserve/PUP list. The source also indicated that Sweezy was doing much better, and "while he's closer to healthy, he'd still need time to get back into football shape."
Per NFL rules, a player on the PUP list can start practicing after Week 6 and before Week 11. If he is unable to practice up to the day after Week 11, he won't be eligible to return for the season and would head to the reserve/PUP list, the same designation used for wide receiver Louis Murphy.
Like Murphy, Sweezy began the season on the PUP list. He had undergone a procedure on his back during the offseason, missing OTAs, both minicamps, training camp and the preseason.
Sweezy, who spent the last four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, originally was brought in to replace six-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins at the left guard position, signing a five-year contract worth $32.5 million. He had started 46 games for the Seahawks the last three seasons.