Free-agent guard J.R. Sweezy and wide receiver Louis Murphy will begin the 2016 season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday.
Both players have been on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list throughout training camp and the preseason.
Sweezy is dealing with a still-undisclosed back injury after being signed away from the Seattle Seahawks on a five-year, $32.5 million deal. Murphy is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered last October.
Placement on the PUP list means players must sit out the first six weeks of the regular season. During that period they do not count against the a team’s 53-man roster.
In addition to the Sweezy and Murphy news, Tampa Bay announced linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Kimario McFadden have been re-signed just two days after being waived.