Down several key players, the Bucs are looking to the practice squad for help. Tampa Bay announced the elevations of tight end Deon Yelder and cornerback Rashard Robinson from the practice squad to the active roster.

Yelder, who joined the team after cut downs, has been protected on the practice squad each week this season. Yelder’s biggest contributions will most likely be on special teams, with linebacker Kevin Minter out. Yelder could also be one of the team’s inactives on Sunday. He has two starts over the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, catching 10 passes for 86 yards. Still, the Bucs are stacked at tight end, and Yelder is not necessarily known for his blocking.

Robinson signed to the Bucs’ practice squad on Tuesday. His elevation over Pierre Desir, who signed a week earlier, is a bit puzzling. Over his 5-year career, Robinson has 18 starts and 42 games of experience. He’s logged 85 tackles, two interceptions, a fumble and two recoveries.

With Sean Murphy-Bunting out for at least the next two games, probably longer, the team is looking for help at cornerback. Mike Edwards played extremely well in last week’s win over the Falcons, but is an injury away from being needed at safety. Robinson, if active, will give the Bucs a bit more depth in the secondary.

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