August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph (75) gets carted off the field during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Buccaneers Beat The Patriots, But Possibly Lose Davin Joseph For The Season

The Buccaneers welcome the defending AFC champion New England Patriots to Raymond James Stadium on Friday night.

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Davin Joseph Injury: Guard Tears Patellar Tendon, Heading For Injured Reserve

It turns out Davin Joseph's injury was worse than most expected as the seventh-year guard suffered a torn patellar tendon, effectively ending his season, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Initial reports claimed Joseph's injury was a torn kneecap, which would have sidelined him for about three months. Instead, the 2011 Pro Bowler will have surgery on Monday and be placed on injured reserve.

With Joseph done for 2012, the Buccaneers will have to begin searching for replacements internally. Ted Larsen stepped in for Joseph last night, but Tampa Bay also has Derek Hardman waiting in the wings as an alternate. It's always possible that the Bucs will search the market once the rosters are cut down as it's imperative head coach Greg Schiano finds an adequate replacement if his power run game is to succeed.

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Davin Joseph Injury: Bucs Guard Done For Season, According To Report

Davin Joseph suffered a season-ending injury in Friday night's preseason victory over the New England Patriots, removing a crucial piece of Tampa Bay's offense. The standout right guard is indeed headed to injured reserve, according to a tweet from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

The Bucs were hoping to build the running game as a key part of the offense in 2012 behind the efforts of LeGarrette Blount and rookie Doug Martin. Without Joseph, that plan becomes significantly more difficult to implement. Ted Larsen replaced Joseph in Friday night's game against the Patriots, but it's unreasonable to think that he'll be able to bring a level of play that would match that of Joseph, a Pro Bowl player.

Tampa Bay's offense didn't have an easy road in front of them, and with the loss of Joseph it only gets harder.

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