The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed safety Jermaine Phillips on injured reserve Wednesday.

That move comes after Phillips spent the past several weeks rehabbing a fractured forearm he reaggravated on Nov. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We tried to continue to bring him along in hopes that it would come around quicker than it did,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Phillips. “He’s a dynamic young guy, a guy who we have missed as a leader and a playmaker. I think the right thing to do is let that thing heal quickly. He’s had some injuries. We’ve got him ready to go next season.”

Phillips recorded 71 tackles, one interception, one sack and five passes defensed in nine games this season.

The Bucs filled that vacant roster spot by signing defensive end Bryant McNeal, who signed from the Denver Broncos’ practice squad. He originally entered the NFL in 2003 as a fourth-round draft pick.

In addition to those roster moves, the Bucs signed defensive back Kalvin Pearson to their practice squad and released DE Corey Smith.

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