Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith returned to the AdventHealth Training Center on Monday after serving a four-game suspension for offseason PED (performance-enhancing drug) usage. Smith practiced with the team all week and was activated to the 53-man roster on Saturday. The Bucs waived outside linebacker Demone Harris to make room for Smith on the roster.
Smith, who has been a star special teams performer and had his first career interception last season on defense, was excited to see his teammates again.
Smith was thrilled to see the Bucs even their record 2-2 on the year after Sunday’s 55-40 upset win over the Rams in Los Angeles. Smith will practice with the team on Wednesday for the first time since the end of the preseason.
With injuries to rookie cornerback Jamel Dean, who has missed the last two games after suffering a leg injury in a Week 2 win at Carolina, and linebacker Jack Cichy, who dislocated his elbow in Sunday’s win over the Rams, the Bucs could use Smith on special teams. Dean is finally off the injury report and will play in New Orleans on Sunday, and Smith should also see some time on special teams against the Saints, too.
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