The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former USF middle linebacker Ben Moffitt to their eight-man practice squad on Wednesday.

Moffitt was added to Tampa Bay's practice squad two days after the St. Louis Rams signed Bucs tight end Daniel Fells to their active roster to replace TE Randy McMichael, who was placed on injured reserve Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Moffitt's hometown is Bushnell, Fla. A four-year starter with USF, Moffitt signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April but was released after the Texans' final preseason contest, which was against the Buccaneers.

The Bucs felt the need to add Moffitt to their practice squad due to starting MLB Barrett Ruud's knee injury, which he sustained during Sunday's 16-13 loss to Denver.

"You've got concerns," said Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. "Barrett did not practice today, but knowing Barrett he will find a way. You need your middle linebacker flying around and feeling good. But that's pro football. We do have some injuries to key guys, and that's the way it is. It's an opportunity for other guys to step up, but I have confidence that Barrett will find a way to take the field. This is a big game for us."

In addition to Ruud, Bucs fullback B.J. Askew (hamstring), wide receiver Joey Galloway (foot), tight end John Gilmore (illness) and quarterback Brian Griese (right elbow) did not practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker Derrick Brooks (hamstring), running back Warrick Dunn (team decision), center/guard Sean Mahan (abdomen) and safety Sabby Piscitelli (elbow) were limited during Wednesday's workout.

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