TAMPA – A football team running gassers at the end of practice isn’t usually news. It is, though, when that football team running gassers is the Buccaneers.
The Bucs conducted 15 training camp workouts before taking the field on Sunday. Not one of those workouts ended with the team running gassers. Sunday’s workout did, though, and no one seems quite sure why.
Coming a day after Bucs coach Dirk Koetter described his team as being a bit sluggish during its workout on Saturday and in the wake of a penalty-filled practice Sunday, it could have been a form of punishment.
That was the conclusion of wide receiver Adam Humphries, who said the gassers definitely weren’t scripted. Linebacker Lavonte David agreed the extra running wasn’t scripted but he didn’t believe it was punishment.
“It was just a little competition thing we got going on, just for the extra conditioning,’’ David said. “Coach just felt like it was a good day to get a little extra conditioning in.’’
Maybe. Koetter described the gasser as “stuff we needed to do,’’ adding that the team is “building toward playing a full game on Sept. 10,’’ the day of the Bucs regular season opener in Miami.
However, Koetter never said the gassers were punishment as was suggested by Humphries, who thought they might have come as a result of poor execution on field goals and in the red zone.
“I honestly don’t know, but if I had to guess, that’s what it was for,’’ Humphries said of the struggles the Bucs have had finishing their drives so far this preseason.
“But we don’t play until Sept. 10 so obviously, we want to be in the best shape we can be in, so no one was really complaining about it. We need the work.’’
One not of interest from the gassers was the sight of left guard Kevin Pamphile running them with the offensive line. Pamphile has sat out each of the last two workouts after being dinged up in the last preseason game.
The sight of Pamphile running the gassers suggests his injury is likely an upper body issue. It also suggests it’s not that serious, which is apparently the case with right tackle Demar Dotson.
Dotson had an MRI done on his sore right groin on Saturday and the exam revealed he has a mild Grade 1 strain, one that is not expected to keep the longest tenured Buccaneer out of action for long.
“It’s going to take me about a week to get back practicing,’’ said Dotson, who actually suffered the injury during the second of two joint workouts against the Jaguars in Jacksonville last Tuesday.
“I had the same thing last year,’’ Dotson added. “I missed three days. It’s just the wear and tear of training camp, but we know what the protocol is to get it back now.’’
Dotson said he started the game against the Jaguars because he felt well enough to play and thought he would play the entire first half but came out after he felt a pull on the first play.
“There was no reason to keep going after that,’’ he said.