Tampa Bay didn’t waste much time filling the roster spot left vacant by quarterback Brian Griese, who was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Bucs re-signed fullback Rick Razzano to their active roster. Razzano, who has entered the NFL in April as a seventh-round draft pick, was released on Oct. 18.
Tampa Bay also made a practice squad move on Thursday, signing rookie safety Hamza Abdullah to its eight-man practice squad.
Abdullah originally entered the league in April as a seventh-round selection. He was the only one of Tampa Bay’s 12 2005 NFL Draft picks to not make the 53-man roster when it was first announced in early September.
By placing Abdullah on their practice squad, the Bucs now have all 12 draft picks on either their active roster or practice squad.
In other news, Bucs wide receiver Edell Shepherd was arrested last Sunday and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and operating an unregistered vehicle.
The 25-year-old Shepherd was arrested at 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway near Raymond James Stadium shortly after Tampa Bay’s 27-13 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Shepherd was booked at 7:04 p.m. and released at 12:58 a.m. on Monday after posting a $2,206 bond.
Although Shepherd wasn’t available for comment, his agent suggested the wide receiver was innocent of the charges.
“It’s an unfortunate situation that has happened,” said Shepherd’s agent, Bardia Ghahremani. “The charges are not warranted, and as soon as the details unfold Edell’s good name will be cleared and restored.”
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