Tampa Bay made a number of roster moves on Friday ahead of their playoff match-up with the Washington Football Team this weekend, also announcing that running back LeSean McCoy has been ruled out for the contest due to illness.

The Bucs waived rookie linebacker Chapelle Russell and elevated newly-signed linebacker Deone Bucannon from the practice squad in his place. In addition to Bucannon, offensive guard Ted Larsen, cornerback Herb Miller and defensive linemen Benning Potoa’e were also elevated from the Bucs’ practice squad to the 54-man roster.

Miller – who notched his first career interception against Detroit in Week 16 – and Potoa’e are designated as COVID-19 replacements as linebacker Devin White and interior defensive lineman Steve McLendon remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

This is Bucannon’s second stint with the Bucs after spending five games with Tampa Bay in 2019. Bucannon was originally a first-round draft pick by head coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, spending five seasons with Arizona before landing with Tampa Bay and the New York Giants last season.

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6 months ago

I think the Bucs might be planning on using Bucannon in obvious passing situations for Minter although I saw David blow a couple coverages last week as well.

6 months ago

I think he is strictly a backup in case of injury.

Could be wrong but I don’t expect him to play.

Would rather see 3 safeties with Winfield or Whitehead on the line while Edwards places Free Safety.