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Alex Cappa suffers fractured ankle in playoff win

By Ray Hamill — Alex Cappa’s playoff run appears to be done after the former Humboldt State star suffered a fractured ankle in his first-ever NFL playoff game on Saturday night.

Cappa, a second-year starter at offensive guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has started all 17 games for the team this year, missing only three snaps all season coming into the playoff showdown.

The Bucs defeated the Washington Football Team 31-23 for the team’s first playoff victory in 18 years.

“Right now, it does not look good,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said of the injury after the game.

Cappa was a four-year starter with the Lumberjacks and has been with the Buccaneers since they traded up to draft him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

He enjoyed a breakout season this year and led all NFC guards in fan voting for this season’s Pro Bowl.

Pro Football Focus has the former D-II player ranked as the 18th best guard in the NFL this season, out of 84.

HSU fans were hoping to see Cappa start in this year’s Super Bowl, with the Bucs among the favorites in the NFC as they get set for a showdown against division rivals the New Orleans Saints next weekend.

No HSU player has started in a Super Bowl since fullback Wendell Hayes 50 years ago.

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