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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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: [email protected]

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    Oberlon

    You suggest that Smith on Active/PUP does not count against the 90 man roster but Buccaneers.com states that he does count against the 90 man roster. Who is right? Why release Panfil if they had an open slot?

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      macabee

      As you suggest, While on active PUP, Jac Smith does count against the 90 man limit. If as a result of his newly required procedure, he is not fully recovered before the start of the regular season, he can be moved to reserve PUP, then he will not count against the 53 roster. After 6 weeks he would be eligible to return, then somebody must be cut to make space. While on active PUP, he cannot practice even for one minute or he will no longer be eligible for reserve PUP if necessary. Hope this helps. Go Bucs!

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    Horse

    Wonder why thses kind of things are caught only when they report to camp. Am I missing something here?

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      macabee

      Horse,

      Because those are the CBA rules that only apply to training camp. Each player must take a physical and be cleared by team medical staff before he can practice. That is why players have to report one day (veterans) before camp starts. As you recall Smith was held out of OTAs anticipating that he would be ready for camp. What might have been a telling sign is that Smith has been in rehab for 10.5 months already but a team can do nothing until medical staff speaks. I don’t use demeaning terms like camp meat, but Justin Trattou is not a likely replacement if Smith is not ready.

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        Horse

        Macabee, I hope he’s not out too long or he’ll have a tough time getting back in football shape. Surely someone on the Bucs staff had to have witnessed some of his rehabbing and had an idea when he would be ready pertaining to playing football?

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    matador

    Unfortunately this is a reminder of how thin we are at multiple positions, including some of which our starters are disturbingly old.
    We are without question a better team this year than last, at least on paper, but given the mix of vets nearly past their expiration date and rookies on the roster it will require a ton going right to get into the playoffs this year

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