The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a pair of changes to their defensive backfield Tuesday, adding rookie cornerback Mike Mickens to their 53-man roster and releasing CB Marcus McCauley.
A 2009 seventh-round draft pick out of Cincinnati, Mickens spent the first half of his rookie season on the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.
The 6-foot, 186-pound Mickens had a productive collegiate career, notching 233 tackles, one sack, 48 passes defensed and a school-record 14 interceptions at Cincinnati. However, a knee injury he sustained late in his senior year caused Mickens to fall in the NFL Draft.
Although they could not conduct a workout with Mickens, who is sporting No. 30 in Tampa Bay, since the team picked him off Dallas' practice squad, the Bucs believe the talented cornerback is healthy.