UPDATED: On Tuesday the Bucs promoted LB Tyrone McKenzie to the active roster to fill the spot left vacant when the team placed LB Quincy Black on injured reserve. DE George Johnson was also elevated to the active roster after DT Gerald McCoy was placed on injured reserve, and LB J.D Folsom was signed to the practice squad.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued an almost weekly trend in the 2010 season by elevating a player from their practice sqaud to the active roster. The Bucs have been hit hard by injuries and have had to call on their practice squad to fortify their roster throughout the season. The most recent addition is linebacker Tyrone McKenzie. McKenzie was brought up to the 53-man roster on Tuesday as the Bucs placed linebacker Quincy Black on injured reserve.
Black was Tampa Bay's second leading tackler and was having the best season of his four-year NFL career. Tampa Bay lost Black for the season after he suffered a broken forearm last Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Black will be a free agent after the season.
McKenzie was a third-round pick of the New England Patriots in the 2009 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound McKenzie tore the ACL in his right knee early in his rookie season and was on injured reserve. McKenzie was relegated to backup duty for New England after they drafted linebacker Brandon Spikes in the second round of last year's draft. The Patriots released McKenzie and he signed with the Bucs practice squad on Nov. 10.
The 25-year old McKenzie grew up a Bucs fan in the Tampa Bay area and attended South Florida. At USF McKenzie earned second-team All Big East honors in 2007 and first-team honors in 2008. He finished his collegiate career with 369 tackles, 4.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.
The Bucs also placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on injured reserve. McCoy suffered a torn bicep last Sunday. Defensive end George Johnson was signed to the active roster to replace McCoy. Johnson has been with the team since the rookie mini-camp last May when he was signed as undrafted free agent. He was cut during training camp and was later re-signed during the preseason. The Bucs cut Johnson before the regular season and signed him to the practice squad.
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