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November 14, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
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DE Johnson Headed To IR, Bucs Re-sign DT McCargo

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The Buccaneers lost another defensive lineman to injured reserve this year with George Johnson's knee injury, which he suffered in Sunday's 37-9 loss to Houston. Tampa Bay filled its open roster spot by re-signing DT John McCargo.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed defensive tackle John McCargo. The roster spot was opened when the team placed defensive end George Johnson on the injured reserve list.

Johnson, who played four games with the Buccaneers this season and had two tackles, was placed on IR because of a knee injury that occurred during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans on special teams. The first-year player from Rutgers spent most of last year and the first part of the 2011 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. Johnson played both end and tackle this year and led the Buccaneers in preseason sacks with three.

McCargo, who originally entered the NFL with the Bills in 2006 as the team's first-round pick, is back for his third stint with the Bucs this year. He spent the preseason with Tampa Bay before being released during final camp cuts. He was then re-signed by the team on Nov. 8 after Gerald McCoy injured his bicep and wound up on injured reserve, but was released a day later when the Buccaneers claimed Albert Haynesworth on November 9.

Back in August after signing with the Buccaneers, McCargo spoke with PewterReport.com.

“I’m definitely more comfortable in a 4-3,” McCargo said. “I didn’t really play that much in Buffalo in the 3-4, so I didn’t really feel it was a scheme to fit me. I like the defense here. I like the coaching staff. I think it's a great situation with me just coming down here, getting in shape and getting used to the heat because Buffalo is a lot different. [I] just want to go out here and make some plays. I’m used to this 4-3 defense.”

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 23:52

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    Tough break for Johnson. He looked good, raw in camp last year, much improved this season.
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    Speaking of his natural position, I think we need to find a MLB to play in the middle. I like what I am seeing (yes, very little w/blackouts) so far from Foster, but, I think he would be even better on the outside. I don't think we should put him in the middle just because we have no middle and THOUGHT that we had enough talent on the outside.
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    I too think they should give A. Black a try. Does anybody know if Price played at undertackle?? Did he take over for McCoy or did he stay at nose and just play better with Haynesworth next to him instead of McCoy? I am very curious, because I stated before the game that I think Price makes a better undertackle than McCoy. I hear that he did have a pretty good game. Too bad he will never get to play at his natural position unless Gerald stays injury prone.
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    Here's the absolute, most maddening aspect of it all though: In theory (any given Sunday), we could come out (see the first NO game) and beat the Packers, "get it" suddenly and end the season 11-5. It absolutely COULD happen. In all likelihood, that's pure craziness, but.... we're all going to watch every single game, disgruntled, heartbroken, confused and desperate or not. Go Bucs!!!
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    Ok Im a little confused. Rock Star GM didn't want to add any "veterans" that could have helped fillout this "youngry" team an add some "veteran leadership" it so desperatly needed? Adding at DT like Okoye (fits this def, young and cheap) DB E. Wright from Clev (to Det) knowing Talibs history why not? E. Weddle (was cut by SD with a wink, wink, deal coming, but throw some cash his way???) and something this offense needs more then anything, a PLAYMAKER. How about, if NO wanted him, you get him, RB D. Sproles? You had/have the most cap to spend and some young kids that should get it (soon, next year) but under R McKay he added a S. Rice, K. Johnson, you know some talented vets. Now you go and get the biggest bust of all time in Fat Albert (even after his good game) and expect him to be a leader? Im starting to lose it, or this team is??? I love ya Bucs, and put my faith in ya, your cracking that faith. We only want a winner, is that to much to ask for? Go Bucs...
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    Hi, I'm Mark, welcome to the team! We can't wait to get you into Buc Ball - you haven't unpacked yet though, have you?
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    mjohnson062, that's really funny.
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    McCargo is rackin up those frequent flyer miles
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    That's a good move at this point. Activate Black from the PS and lets see what he can do; he can't be any worse with what is on the field right now.
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    McCargo has been shipped around so much lately, that from now on I'm just giong to call him Cargo!
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    That's funny! I don't care who you are,
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    Macabee, that's a good one; that's really funny.
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