The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves Wednesday, placing defensive tackle Damian Gregory on injured reserve, signing wide receiver Marcus Knight and releasing WR Adrian Madise. The Bucs also promoted defensive end Corey Smith from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. In addition to those moves, the Bucs signed DT John Bradley and DE Charles Alston to the practice squad and released WR Kevin Youngblood.
Gregory, a fourth-year veteran, notched four tackles in six games as a backup this season. The Bucs now have six players on IR.
Tampa Bay’s depth at the defensive tackle position also took a hit when the Buccaneers listed Ellis Wyms as out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a shoulder injury.
Although Gregory and Wyms are sidelined, the Bucs have a contingency plan, which includes activating Smith, who played in seven career games and totaled three tackles and one sack with the Bucs, and rookie defensive lineman Josh Savage, who was inactive for Tampa Bay’s first six games and spent most of preseason and training camp playing at the defensive end position.
“Well, we’re struggling,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of the defensive tackle position. “We’re going to activate Josh Savage and kick him inside. We’ve activated Corey Smith off our practice squad, a guy whose had some versatility. Dewayne White has some versatility to kick inside. Obviously, losing two defensive tackles is a concern.”
Although Wyms has been ruled out on the injury report, Gruden hopes that he’ll find a way to play Sunday.
“I list him as doubtful on my injury report because I’ve seen things change, like the Red Sox-Yankees series,” said Gruden. “You’re never out totally until it’s over, so I’m going to say he’s doubtful.”
Knight, who joins the Bucs for the third time in 2004, was released on October 13 and has played in 21 career games with two starts with the Oakland Raiders. He was likely signed because of the fact that Charles Lee is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game with a knee sprain.
Should Lee be unable to go against the Bears, Joe Jurevicius or Bill Schroeder will start in his place at the split-end (X) receiver position.
Although he didn’t have a sling on his left arm while out on the practice field, Bucs quarterback Chris Simms, who was injured in the game against the New Orleans Saints, has been upgraded to questionable but probably won’t play against Chicago.
“It’s still a little bit ginger,” Gruden said of Simms’ injured throwing shoulder. “He was doing some short toss, but his status is doubtful for the game. It’s unfortunate, but he’s got a ways to go yet physically.”
If Simms can’t play against the Bears, QB Brad Johnson will serve as Brian Griese’s backup while Jason Garrett serves as the team’s third-string signal caller.
Listed below is Tampa Bay’s entire injury report, which was released Wednesday.
BUCS INJURY REPORT
DT Anthony McFarland (groin)
FB Greg Comella (chest)
QB Chris Simms (shoulder)
WR Charles Lee (knee)
WR Joey Galloway (groin)
DT Ellis Wyms (shoulder)
INJURY REPORT KEY:
Probable: Player has a 75 percent chance of playing.
Questionable: Player has a 50 percent chance of playing.
Doubtful: Player has a 25 percent chance of playing.
Out: Player will not play in game.
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