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Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy expects to be cleared in ‘next week or two’

Bucs guard J.R. Sweezy, sidelined since December with a lower leg injury, said Tuesday that he expects to be fully cleared in the next two weeks and will be healthy for the start of training camp as he battles for a starting job.

"I should be cleared in the next week or two and ready to go," Sweezy said on the first day of mandatory minicamp. "You get to step back and really dig in on the playbook and understand another level deeper, but you always want to be out there with your guys. That's the hardest part, just standing out here and not being able to do much other than watch."

Sweezy, 29, missed the final two games of 2017 after getting injured against the Falcons in Week 15. It had been reported as a lower leg injury, but Sweezy said Tuesday that he broke his left fibula, which is the non-weight-bearing bone of the two in the lower leg.

"I feel great," said Sweezy, who is due to make $6.5 million, which would put him in jeopardy of being cut if he wasn't seen as a likely starter. Third-year pro Caleb Benenoch is working as the starting right guard in Sweezy's absence, and the Bucs used a third-round pick in April on Alex Cappa, who is also getting his first look as a guard.

Benenoch could also shift outside to right tackle if Demar Dotson hasn't fully recovered from knee surgery this spring.

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