The Bucs have brought up outside linebacker Pat O’Connor from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Tuesday, as Greg Auman of The Athletic Reports.
O’Connor is a third-year player who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2017 but was cut and in September and signed with the Bucs a month later in October.
O’Connor had a strong 2019 preseason and initially made the opening 53-man but was waived and signed to the practice squad a day later so Tampa Bay could sign kick returner T.J. Logan. In three seasons, O’Connor has played in three career games.
In a corresponding move to make room for him on the roster, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Bucs placed quarterback Blaine Gabbert on injured reserve. Gabbert dislocated his left shoulder during week three of the preseason.
He was on the 53-man roster for the beginning of the season while rehabbing the injury, but was inactive for all three games. Quarterback Ryan Griffin will remain the backup behind Jameis Winston.