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.

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  1. I think this is nothing more than a message pertaining to our RB situation after a week from Sunday.

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  2. Interesting, lose a D T on an already banged up line, and promote a running back we already no what he can do. I hope Rainey, and James can play some nose tackle should another lineman go down Sunday.

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    • surferdudes; I’d grabbed something more than this. I still believe in getting ready for the 2016 and grab other teams up and coming player from other teams PS regardless of position. Bowers and Golhston both can play DT. At this point of the season it is who wants to win more. I hope the OC cuts loose with some new stuff and the DC figures it out how to put more pressure on the QB. Our DB’s don’t need to play 10-15 yards off the line.

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  3. I agree Horse, they should’ve placed McCoy, V Jax, on I.R., promoted as many from our P.S. as possible, then raid, and re stock from the other 31 teams. The only reason I can think of why they didn’t, is Lovie was hoping they can help him win these last two games. I believe Lovie will be back, but the heat has to be on not to go 0-4 down the stretch.

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