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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed tight end Will Heller on injured reserve Wednesday after learning that the second-year player suffered a severely sprained hip during Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Heller started two of the nine regular season games he played in this season. He caught 12 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown. He originally entered the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech.

The Bucs quickly filled the roster spot left vacant by Heller by promoting rookie TE Nate Lawrie from the practice squad.

A 2004 sixth-round draft pick out of Yale, Lawrie was released by the Bucs prior to the start of the regular season. After a brief stint on Philadelphia’s taxi squad, Heller signed on to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on Sept. 29.

The Bucs placed TE Rickey Dudley on IR earlier this season. Lawrie joins tight ends Ken Dilger and Dave Moore on the active roster.

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