Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson wasn’t able to participate much in Bucs minicamp this week due to offseason foot surgery. While teammates donned helmets, he wore backwards baseball cap, attempting to do a few drills lightly on his foot.
(You can see footage from Thursday’s minicamp practice here below):
He said he still expects to be ready in time for training camp though, when the team reports at the end of July. “I believe so. Hopefully…We’ll see. Whatever coach has planned for me.”
He’s already started some running and will spend these next six weeks conditioning, trying to make up for lost time.
“Our athletic trainers are doing a good job of taking it day by day with what they have me doing. Sometimes I feel a lot better than most days, but for the most part, I’m making progress,” Goldson said after practice Thursday.
Head coach Lovie Smith said that while Goldson hasn’t been able to participate on the field, he’s made his presence known in other ways.
“We have some players that are injured, [Dashon] hasn’t done any work really, for the most part this offseason, but he’s taking a lot of mental reps, I hear his voice every day for sure, out there. You guys know Dashon.”
While he and fellow starter Mark Barron have both sat out of 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s, Major Wright, Keith Tandy and Bradley McDougald have all stepped up to fill the void. McDougald had a notable interception off of quarterback Mike Glennon Wednesday.
“I’m here for a reason. I want to play football and win games, [but] I want to share my experiences, and just be that leader I always saw myself as, just go out here and help them, some young guys.”
“At the same time, they know what they’re doing, but just giving them a little extra insight, just hearing it from a player, it goes a long way [rather] than just hearing it from a coach.”