The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a few roster moves on Wednesday, which is the final day of practice prior to the team’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Friday night. The Bucs brought back a familiar face in defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the seventh round of the 2017 draft.

Tu’ikolovatu (6-1, 320) was signed due to Vita Vea’s knee injury at practice on Tuesday night. Vea hurt his left knee and had an MRI following practice, but the team wants to due further tests on Friday when the swelling subsides. It’s unclear how much time Vea will miss, and Tu’ikolovatu, who missed the 2018 season due to a triceps injury, is familiar with Todd Bowles’ defense as he spent the offseason in Tampa Bay before being cut earlier in the summer on May 29.

The Bucs also signed safety John Battle (6-0, 201) to replace Orion Stewart, who was released last week with an injury settlement. Tampa Bay is banged up in the secondary with rookies D’Cota Dixon and Mike Edwards, the team’s third-round pick, missing practice time this week. It is unclear whether Dixon or Edwards will be able to play against the Steelers on Friday.

Battle, a Hallandale, Fla. native, recorded 146 tackles and five interceptions, including three last season, in his four-year career at LSU.

To make room for Tu’ikolovatu and Battle, the Bucs placed offensive lineman Michael Liedtke on injured reserve following his shoulder injury, and waived rookie quarterback Vincent Testaverde.

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1 year ago

Hey..wasn’t Gerald McCoy a tackle? LOL.
Funny how karma works huh?

Reply to  twspin
1 year ago

this is the dumbest F’ing comment I’ve ever seen on here.

Reply to  SappAttack
1 year ago

Unfortunately we do have some of the dumbest f-ing fans in football.

1 year ago

Is this team cursed with injuries or what. JPP,Lavonte, Vea, Liedtke Wow.

Reply to  76bucsfan46
1 year ago

NO. This team. Your team…My team..I have been following since its inception is Cursed with LOSING and Bad team Mngt. Other teams have injuries to and superbowls. Injuries and Excuses are synonomos with..Buc Life. We need to start winning by any means necessary!

1 year ago

I liked Stevie T coming out of USC and thought he had made progress last year. Glad to have him back.

Hoping Vita won’t be lost for the season……

1 year ago

The same old hard line Licht lovers always call it bad luck, a Bucs cruse JPP blows his hand off get traded to Bucs for full price and Pewter boys call it bad luck when he drives a light weight rear engine car into a concrete wall at 2 AM Sat morning after clubbing all night when his teammates were in camp. When Jason passes on Derwin James and Roquan Smith 2 players in top shape to draft overweight 6’2″ 350 pound lineman who is out of shape clearly from his performance in Fiesta bowl and when they work him… Read more »

Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Buc-Ass-Bob..You hit the nail square on its head here Brother! 31 other teams have injuries. I said prior to camp Vita needs to lose about 30 pds. He did not. We hide behind every excuse every GD yr to lose.And then Mngt and the media throw us a sacrificial lamb to chew on as cause for us not being successful when its just poor Mngt ..period. Be careful, You’re gonna start getting more thumbs down than me. But then again, the truth always hurts. It is truely..A BUC Life. And my wife wants to know why..I deeyam near have to… Read more »

1 year ago

Buc-Ass-Bob, why are you a still a fan of the team?

Reply to  jackpc1
1 year ago

Hope that someday the League will send a John Dorsey type to save the Glazers from themselves.
And we here in Tampa can have the feeling of hope the Browns Fans now have.