The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed rookie running back Michael Hill from the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad.
Hill (5-10, 210) entered the league as a college free agent with San Diego this past offseason. He opened the season on the Chargers’ practice squad before being signed to the Packers’ active roster and playing in two games. He was placed on Green Bay’s practice squad on October 22.
A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Hill played collegiately at Missouri Western State and is the school’s all-time leading rusher, finishing his career with 828 carries for 4,969 yards and 35 touchdowns. He earned first-team Associated Press Little All-America and Daktronics All-America honors. As a senior Hill led the entire NCAA with 2,168 rushing yards.
The team also announced today that running back Mike James has been placed on Injured Reserve. This season, James played in eight games with three starts, rushing 60 times for 285 yards (4.9 avg.) and catching 10 passes for 43 yards. James also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass at Seattle on November 3.