The Buccaneers have released backup center Sean Mahan. Mahan, a 2003 fifth-round pick, who was re-acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh last year, was not at practice on Wednesday afternoon.

Tampa Bay replaced Mahan on the roster with guard Marcus Johnson. With the 49th selection in the 2005 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Johnson. He played in 47 games with 18 starts over four seasons. Johnson signed with the Raiders this past offseason but was released by Oakland on August 31st.

In other news, Bucs wide receivers Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton returned to practice Wednesday.

Bryant (knee surgery) and Clayton (hamstring) initially returned to practice Monday, but did not participate in Tuesday's workout due to a change in the schedule that did not allow the players enough time to warm-up properly.

Although they're back on the practice field, neither Bryant nor Clayton is expected to play in Tampa Bay's preseason finale vs. Houston on Friday night.

In addition, Bucs rookie running back Kareem Huggins (knee) is practicing with the team, which is sporting shorts, jerseys and helmets this afternoon.

Bucs kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), tight end John Gilmore (calf), safety Donte Nicholson (quad) and linebacker Adam Hayward (ankle) are not practicing today. will have more on this story later today.

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