Sweezy, who'd received the last two practices off, returned for the final session of training camp Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Sweezy was bestowed with a pair of veteran's days off Tuesday and Wednesday, but he returned to a full practice for the close of training camp Thursday. The veteran lineman successfully made it through camp after seeing his entire first season with the Bucs wiped out by spring 2016 back surgery.
Sweezy received the day off from practice Tuesday for rest purposes, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The veteran offensive lineman has been progressing well throughout the offseason and in his first training camp with the Bucs, after he'd missed all of last season following offseason back surgery. Sweezy, who appeared in two Super Bowls with the Seahawks earlier in his career, is expected to be one of the stalwarts of the offensive line in the coming campaign.
The veteran lineman worked at right guard alongside Donovan Smith, Demar Dotson, Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile. Sweezy started 49 of 59 games with the Seahawks over the first four seasons of his career and played in two Super Bowls, so he brings plenty of experience to a young Bucs offensive line.
Sweezy, who signed a five-year deal worth more than $32.5 million with the Bucs last offseason but never played a down to a back injury, had the final four years of his contract recently reworked, Jenna Laine and Field Yates of ESPN.com report.
The 28-year-old guard was one of the prize acquisitions for the Bucs leading up to the 2016 campaign after several stellar seasons in Seattle, including the Seahawks' 2014 championship campaign. However, a back surgery that took place shortly after the signing eventually led to him missing minicamps, training camp and all of the preseason and regular season. Sweezy was cleared to resume training at the end of the season, but the team naturally wanted to reevaluate the terms of the contract and implement some protections against another prolonged absence specifically due to back-related issues. Accordingly, the Bucs shifted half of what had been a $2.5 million roster bonus for 2017 into per-game roster bonuses that can be achieved for each game that Sweezy is on the 53-man or on injured reserve for any injury unrelated to his previous back problem. Injury waiver language as well as split salaries and base salary escalators tied into Sweezy playing at least 70 percent of the snaps over the next three seasons are also part of the revamped terms, providing the club protection while giving the sixth-year pro a chance to earn the full value of his contract if he remains sufficiently healthy. "No one wants to be back out there helping the team more than J.R.," said coach Dirk Koetter. "He's back training again and now we're ready to take it to the next step. Besides having surgery, nothing has changed from J.R. the player who played so well for the Seahawks before we signed him."
Sweezy (back) has been cleared to return to action.
Sweezy started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, but never returned to full strength, so that's also where he ended the year. However, in late January general manager Jason Licht confirmed that Sweezy has been cleared to return to action. Thus, expect the offensive lineman to be fully available for offseason activities and, most importantly, the start of the 2017 campaign.
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