The Tampa Bay Buccaneers protected their interests Tuesday by promoting rookie running back Derek Watson to the 53-man active roster.

The Bucs promoted Watson, who rushed 37 times for 121 yards in preseason, in an effort to keep him from getting signed off the practice squad by the Baltimore Ravens, who had plans of adding the rookie rusher to their active roster.

In order to make room for Watson, the Bucs released rookie wide receiver J.R Russell from their active roster.

Tampa Bay also made two roster moves Tuesday, signing kicker Todd France and releasing rookie fullback Rick Razzano.

France who spent the offseason, training camp and preseason with the Bucs before being released on Sept. 3, was signed to the practice squad in case K Matt Bryant, who has a hamstring injury, is unable to play against the New Orleans Saints. France made 6-of-7 field goals with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this season.


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