The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made two roster moves Friday, promoting tight end Nate Lawrie to the 53-man active roster and releasing rookie fullback Rick Razzano.
Once he cleared waivers, the Bucs signed Razzano to their eight-man practice squad.
Ironically, Lawrie and Razzano switched places just over one week ago, with the second-year tight end landing on the practice squad and Razzano signing to the active roster.
Lawrie has been on Tampa Bay’s active roster for all but one game this season, and he’s been active for five. His promotion likely had something to do with TE Anthony Becht’s questionable status for Sunday’s game vs. the Chicago Bears. Becht is nursing a knee injury but did return to practice on Friday after missing two straight workouts.
The three other players on Tampa Bay’s injury report – safeties Dexter Jackson (hamstring) and Will Allen (ankle), and left tackle Anthony Davis (ankle) – remain questionable for Sunday’s game. However, Allen was the only one of the four injured players to not participate in Friday’s practice at One Buc Place. If Jackson or Allen are unable to go, Pearson will start at free safety for the second straight game.
“Well, he’s had a pretty good week here,” said Gruden of Jackson, who has been sidelined for four straight weeks. “He hasn’t had any significant set-backs but he is questionable. So right now the safeties are [Kalvin] Pearson and Jermaine Phillips. Hopefully [Jackson] can go through the whole week with no set-backs and we’ll see what happens.”
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