The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves Wednesday.
The Bucs have placed backup safety Will Allen and linebacker Rod Wilson on injured reserve. The team filled those two roster spots by re-signing LB Matt McCoy and promoting cornerback Derrick Roberson from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster.
Allen, a special teams captain, sustained a broken thumb in Tampa Bay's 38-28 win over Green Bay. It is not clear what type of injury Wilson sustained to lead him to injured reserve, which ends his season.
Ironically, Allen is the second safety on Tampa Bay's roster to have his season end due to a thumb injury. Bucs S Jermaine Phillips sustained a fractured thumb that required surgery in Tampa Bay's Week 2 contest at Buffalo. Allen filled in for Phillips and suspended S Tanard Jackson, starting two games. He finishes the season with 21 tackles on defense.
“That’s big, man. He’s our special teams captain – Captain Willie,” Bucs kick returner Clifton Smith said. “He’s down. We’ve got to rally around him and the next person has to go pick up the stick and run with it.”
Wilson was shelved by a nagging hamstring injury that he had coming into Tampa Bay's game against Green Bay.
“I just didn’t have any rest,” Wilson said. “My injury lingered for a while. Basically, it just boils down to me being [put] on IR with my hamstring. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for a while. This last game just made it worse. It’s a tough loss for me.”
Allen and Wilson had one and two special teams tackles, respectively, on the season.
In addition to those roster moves, the Bucs also signed S Emanuel Cook to their eight-man practice squad today. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets. Cook played collegiately at South Carolina.
McCoy and Roberson are in their third and second stints on Tampa Bay's active roster, respectively, this season. McCoy's most recent release came on Oct. 13. Roberson's last visit to the Bucs' 53-man roster also came last month.
SEVERAL BUCS PLAYERS HELD OUT OF PRACTICE The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the practice field Wednesday without several key players, who are nursing injuries as the team prepares for the Miami Dolphins.
Wide receivers Antonio Bryant (knee) and Michael Clayton (knee), quarterback Byron Leftwich (right elbow) and defensive end Stylez G. White (shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday.
Bryant was held out of Sunday's game due to the lingering effects of preseason knee surgery. White, who had 1.5 sacks vs. the Packers, was injured late in the game. The Bucs are hoping to have both players, especially White, whom Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates believes has had his best practices of the season over the last two weeks, in Miami.
Bucs guard Davin Joseph (ankle) was limited while return specialist Clifton Smith (knee) had full participation in practice.
The Miami Dolphins have their fair share of injuries. Linebackers Joey Porter (knee) and Erik Walden (hamstring), guard Justin Smiley (shoulder) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai were held out of practice Wednesday. Tight end Anthony Fasano (hips) and tackle Lydon Murtha (illness) were limited.