Tampa Bay announced Saturday that defensive tackle Akeem Spence has been shut down for the final two weeks of the season.
Spence, a third-year pro out of Illinois, joins five other Buccaneers – and four defensive linemen – previously placed on the injured reserve. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, defensive ends Larry English and T.J. Fatinikun, and wide receivers Louis Murphy and Kenny Bell are already on that list injured Bucs.
Spence has started seven of the eight games he’s played for Tampa Bay this season, totaling 11 tackles and one sack. In three years with the Bucs, Spence has totaled 77 tackles and five sacks.
To fill out Tampa Bay’s 53-man active roster, the Bucs promoted running back Mike James from the practice squad.
James has been in Tampa Bay for all three of his professional seasons, appearing in 19 games and starting three times. He has not logged any offensive statistics this year. As a rookie in 2013, James rushed for 158 yards on 28 carries in a Week 9 loss at Seattle.