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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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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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1 year ago

Good, Bunting looks lost out there, and his penalty on teams was costly. He’s not ready right now, maybe he takes the leap next year that Rojo took this year, but right now Smith is a huge upgrade over him. I got nervous when Bunting came in last Sunday, Smith is a better option for sure.

1 year ago

Glad to have Smith back. He’s fast as he$l and an absolute special teams ace. His coverage skills have come a long way. He can help at CB as well.

1 year ago

might need smith to play some cb to.

1 year ago

Im glad Ryan Smith is back too. He will be needed on special teams this week. The Saints have won the special teams battle the last two weeks vs. Dallas and Seattle. That and defense have lead them to improbable victories.

It’s gonna take all 3 phases this week.


1 year ago

Like to see smith get a shot at nickel corner. He’s a lot faster than Stewart and better playing press.

1 year ago

I always thought Smith was a decent man and press corner, but not an off coverage corner. Still can’t believe Mike Smith forced everyone else to play off coverage just because Miko’s man was good at it!

1 year ago

Mike Smith was a horses ass. Lol.

Special teams will be better with Ryan back for sure.

1 year ago

Good timing to get our depth back at defensive back position.

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