The injury bug got to the Bucs during last Sunday’s game in Seattle, forcing them to make some roster moves on Tuesday. The Bucs signed veteran outside linebacker Sam Acho to the 53-man roster, as reported by Sam’s brother Emmanuel Acho, who works for ESPN.
Breaking News: The @Buccaneers have signed @theSamAcho to a 1 year deal. Reuniting him with his old coach, Bruce Arians.
Y’all might not care, but he’s my brother and going on year 9, so it’s pretty amazing!
Acho’s signing comes after the Bucs lost outside linebackers Carl Nassib to a groin injury and Anthony Nelson to a hamstring injury in Sunday’s game. Their status for this Sunday against the Cardinals is unknown.
Acho was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011 and played under Bruce Arians for twos season during the 2013 and 2014 seasons before spending time with the Bears and Bills. He has 229 career tackles with 17 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Acho could play an important backup role to give Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett a breather if Nassib and Nelson are not healthy enough to play.
Auclair had an expanded role over the past two weeks with O.J. Howard missing two games due to a hamstring injury and Cam Brate playing sparingly with a rib injury. Auclair is considered the Bucs best blocking tight end and was used often in the run game along with his special teams role.
Bruce Arians said on Monday that Howard would return this week. This would put Brate back as the number two tight end if healthy, with Tanner Hudson moving up to third string and Jordan Leggett as fourth string on the main roster.