The Buccaneers announced Friday that they will be getting their left tackle back at practice.
Donald Penn has been activated from the non-football-injury list that he’s been on since the start of camp. Penn was sidelined with a calf injury he suffered while working out on his own before the Bucs started camp. Coach Greg Schiano said he anticipated Penn missing a couple of weeks, a prediction that turned out to be just about on the nose.
Penn won’t be available when the Bucs face the Titans on Friday night, but he could play in the team’s last two preseason games if his return to practice goes well. Demar Dotson will start in his place against the Titans.
Penn has started the last 76 straight games for Tampa, earning a trip to the 2010 Pro Bowl in the process. Like many other members of the team, though, his 2011 season was a disappointment. He struggled to keep his weight down over the course of the season and it seemed to cost him on the field as he failed to overpower defenders the way he did in his more successful years.