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J.R. Sweezy | Guard | #73

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 298
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (225) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Buccaneers placed RG J.R. Sweezy (leg) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Sweezy injured his lower leg in Monday's loss to Atlanta. The injury won't require surgery but it's enough to sideline him through Week 17. Evan Smith will finish out the year at right guard for Tampa Bay. Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:50:00 PM

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Bucs RG J.R. Sweezy exited Week 15 against the Falcons with an ankle injury.

Like O.J. Howard and DeSean Jackson, Sweezy was spotted wearing a walking boot after the game and was using crutches to get around. That image is not a promising one, especially with the Bucs on a short week. C Evan Smith slid over to guard after Sweezy left on Monday night with Joe Hawley entering at center.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:02:00 AM

Bucs OC Todd Monken expects RG J.R. Sweezy (back) to play this week.

Sweezy was only able to get in a limited practice on Wednesday. Normally that would not be cause for concern, but Sweezy sat out all of 2016 with a back injury. Thankfully, it looks like he will be fine.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 11:47:00 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said RG J.R. Sweezy (back) has "looked awesome" during OTAs.

Sweezy missed all of last season, his first with the Bucs, with a back injury, but he is finally back to full health. Koetter thinks getting Sweezy back is like getting a brand new player and will help shore up the line. Originally signed to play left guard, Sweezy will work on the right side this season.
Mon, May 29, 2017 10:11:00 AM

The Bucs restructured OG J.R. Sweezy's contract.

It's the second time Sweezy's contract has been reworked this offseason. Sweezy hasn't played since 2015 due to a lingering back issue. The new deal raises his 2017 salary $1.25 million, but gives the Bucs some injury protection.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Apr 8, 2017 02:36:00 PM

Bucs OG J.R. Sweezy (back) has been cleared for football activities.

Sweezy could be limited to begin the spring, but should be ready for training camp. Signed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal last March, Sweezy ended up missing his entire first season as a Buc. Kevin Pamphile mostly struggled in Sweezy's absence, so as long as Sweezy is healthy, he should claim the left guard job he was slated for in 2016.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 05:33:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter admitted Monday that OG J.R. Sweezy (back, PUP) won't play this season.

Sweezy spent the first half of the season on reserve/PUP and isn't healthy enough to practice, let alone play in games. Sweezy was extremely slow to recover from April back surgery, undoubtedly suffering setbacks in his rehab. The Bucs signed Sweezy to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in 2016 free agency.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Bucs placed LG J.R. Sweezy (back) on the reserve/PUP list.

Sweezy's outlook has gotten progressively worse since he went under the knife in April. He'll be first eligible to return in Week 8, but it doesn't seem like a guarantee. Kevin Pamphile, who has made only four career starts, will fill in at left guard. It's a concern for a team that wants to run the ball down teams' throats.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:46:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) is expected to begin the season on the reserve/PUP.

This is surprising news just days after Sweezy reportedly received a good report from his doctor and mere hours after he said his recovery was "on track." This report seems a tad premature considering the Bucs still have three weeks to make this decision, but it certainly puts a dent in any optimism about Sweezy's availability for Week 1. If Sweezy is forced to miss regular season games, the Bucs will likely turn to Kevin Pamphile at left guard.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) said he is "on track" in his recovery.

The length of that track remains in question, but at least Sweezy appears to have gotten good news from the specialist his visited this week. It remains possible he sits out the entire preseason, but it sounds like he will be ready for Week 1.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 11:49:00 AM's Mike Garafolo reports Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, PUP) "got a positive report" from the specialist he visited on Tuesday.

Per Garofolo, the Bucs are hopeful Sweezy can return "soon." It still sounds like Sweezy could miss most, if not all, of the preseason, but that he'll be ready for the opener after the Bucs gave him a five-year, $32.5 million deal in March.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back, active/PUP) is visiting a specialist in California.

Sweezy was expected to be ready for camp, but he has not seen the practice field during the first week and a half. It is possible he is visiting the specialist just to get cleared, but it is concerning he needs a consultation during what should be the latter stages of his recovery. Sweezy was signed to a five-year, $32.5-million contract in March to replace Logan Mankins at left guard.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy (back surgery) is beginning camp on the active/PUP list.

As is WR Louis Murphy (ACL). The Bucs previously refused to disclose what Sweezy's offseason operation was for, but he was expected to be ready for camp. Tampa's new left guard will probably be cleared to practice in the near future.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Bucs LG J.R. Sweezy is recovering from a "procedure," and will miss OTAs and minicamp.

Coach Dirk Koetter refused to disclose said procedure, opting instead for the #CompetitiveAdvantage. Sweezy was durable with the Seahawks, missing only two games over the past three years. He should be ready for training camp.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 03:05:00 PM

J.R. Sweezy will play left guard for the Bucs.

Sweezy was a right guard in Seattle, but the Bucs have a hole on the left side after Logan Mankins' retirement. "As far as I know, I will be playing left guard which I’m OK with," Sweezy said. "Being right-hand dominant, it was easier to start with the right, but now after playing it for four years and finally understanding and being comfortable with the position, I feel fully comfortable in being able to play left." A bigger name than talent, Sweezy will be a big step down from Mankins.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 10:18:00 PM