The Bucs placed DT E.J. Wilson on injured reserve and signed DT John McCargo to fill his roster spot. The Bucs have been banged up at the defensive tackle spot with Roy Miller and Brian Price missing the Patriots game due to injuries.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Buffalo defensive tackle John McCargo on Saturday and placed defensive tackle E.J. Wilson on injured reserve after he cleared waivers. Wilson was having a very good training camp and preseason for the Bucs before hurting his foot in Tampa Bay’s 31-14 loss to New England in the team’s second preseason game on Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 289-pound Wilson, who is in his second season out of North Carolina, was seeing action with the first- and second-team and was a very disruptive force during his time on the field, in which he recorded three tackles through three preseason games.
McCargo, who turned 28 on Friday, is listed at 6-foot-2 and weighs 307 pounds. He was the second of two first-round picks of the Bills in 2006 and had a very disappointing five-year tenure in Buffalo. According to NFL.com, McCargo has totaled 47 tackles, five passes defensed, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble while playing in 40 games with just one career start.
McCargo’s pro career has been plagued with injuries. In 2008, he missed the final 11 games of the season with a broken left foot. He had a second surgery to fix his foot that caused him to miss some practice time in the 2009 offseason. He only played in 11 games during the 2009 season and one in the 2010 season before he was placed on injured reserve in late November. The Bills attempted to trade McCargo to Indianapolis for a fourth-round pick last October, but he failed the Colts’ physical due to a bulging disc and was returned to Buffalo where he was put on IR about a month later.
The only season in which the North Carolina State product has played in all 16 games was in 2007. In his rookie season, McCargo played in only five games.
Tampa Bay is currently thin at defensive tackle with starting nose tackle Roy Miller being sidelined for the rest of the preseason with a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) in his knee. That injury occurred in the Bucs' 25-0 shutout win at Kansas City. Backup nose tackle Brian Price is still rehabbing from offseason pelvic-hamstring surgery and has yet to play in the preseason despite practicing with the team on a limited basis during training camp.
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