The Buccaneers on Tuesday announced that wide receiver Louis Murphy and new offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy will begin training camp on the active physically unable to perform list.
Murphy spent the final 10 weeks of last season on injured reserve after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Week 7 in Washington. He is still not fully recovered and the team doesn’t want to rush him back to the practice field during camp.
Louis Murphy and Jacquies Smith – Photo: Cliff Welch/PR
Sweezy came to Tampa Bay from Seattle this offseason and PewterReport.com learned from an NFL source that the 27-year-old is recovering from a back injury. Sweezy underwent an offseason operation that kept him out of OTAs.
The players’ placement on the active PUP list means they are eligible to return at the team’s discretion. Neither is expected to miss a significant amount of time and are still projected to be suiting up Week 1 in Atlanta. The PUP designation allows both players extra time to get into better physical condition after middling the offseason program.
Injuries have dogged Murphy during his two-plus years in Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg native has appeared in only 17 of 29 games since being re-acquired in 2014. The Bucs signed Murphy that offseason but let him go before the start of the regular season. They picked him back up prior to a Week 4 win at Pittsburgh.
Sweezy’s remained relatively healthy throughout his four-year NFL career, playing in 59 of 64 possible games with the Seahawks during that time. The Bucs brought him to Tampa Bay in March on a five-year contract worth $32.5 million.
The team announced three other roster moves on Tuesday as well, placing safety Elijah Shumate on the Active/Non-Football Injury List and signed offensive lineman Joel Hale.
Hale (6-4, 295), who spent rookie mini-camp with the Buccaneers this past offseason on a tryout basis, played collegiately at Ohio State, working primarily on the defensive line. The Greenwood, Indiana, native played in 46 games for Ohio State.
The team also announced that offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey has been waived with a failed physical.
– Mark Cook contributed to this report
– Part of this report is courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department
Sweezy is starting to worry me. Not from an injury standpoint but from an experience standpoint. We brought him here to play LG but all he played in Seattle was RG and all he played in college was D-line. Sweezy had the most to benefit from OTA’s and Mini Camp since LG will be a new position for him and he missed all of them and now he’ll miss some of Training Camp. Throw in the fact that he didn’t play well overall in Seattle and well…I’m worried.
Where’s macabee with his “What, me worry?” avatar? At least Sweezy will have a month or so to get acclimated to his new position. If not, Panphile will have to fill in. Puzzling why Licht signed Sweezy knowing about this injury and anticipated recovery. From the article, the time is to get in shape rather than heal.
Should pick up Devin Hester to add some JUiCE to the WR corp and Special Teams!
The fact that Garret Gilkey has been dismissed from the team should be a headline in itself.Haha
You said it cg ! They were probably planning on bringing him back, but the failed physical forced their hand
How and when did Sweezy get hurt?
Finally Gilkey cut and not because of performance. Too funny. Lol. Not funny he’s injured just funny he has been around so long.
73 looks like a tank and I only hope he gets in the field sooner rather than later. He is also said to have a nasty edge as well.
As far as Gilkey is concerned, he turned into the Bucs fans favorite whipping boy after one game at center against the Bengals.
He was put in that position, a position he had never played before, by a head coach who knew that. So whose fault was that.
I paid particular attention to Gilkey play his natural guard position last year during preseason and he was a real road grader.
It’s a shame he was forced into a position he had never played before by an incompetent coach who was eventually fired.
Agreed, drdneast- that was a horrible game, but he was put in a bad position by the coaching staff
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