Each NFL team was required to trim its roster to 75 players by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into compliance by making several roster moves on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bucs claimed linebacker Leon Joe off waivers from the Chicago Bears, placed tight end Matt Herian and guard Jeb Terry on injured reserve and released punter Sean Douglas.
Joe originally entered the NFL in 2004 as a fourth-round pick with the Chicago Bears. He had a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals in '04 before returning to Chicago.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Joe has recorded 22 tackles and 32 special teams takedowns in 28 career games in the NFL.
The Bucs got a head start on roster cuts Monday when they released nine players, including wide receivers Jovon Bouknight, Kyle Smith and Chad Owens, center/guard Jonathan Clinkscale, tackle Jabari Levey, center Nick Mihlhauser, fullback Zach Tuiasosopo and defensive ends Tim Jones and Jeremy Pittman.
Tampa Bay will host the Houston Texans at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday night in both teams’ preseason finale.
The Bucs, along with every other NFL team, will be required to trim their roster to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.
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