The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have re-signed DT John McCargo to fill the roster spot opened up when Gerald McCoy was placed on injured reserve.
On Monday, Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris confirmed that Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was headed for injured reserve with a biceps injury for a second straight year. McCoy tore the biceps muscle in his left arm in Sunday's 26-17 loss at New Orleans after returning from missing the last two games due to an ankle injury he suffered in the team's 48-3 loss to the 49ers in early October.
McCargo originally entered the league as a first-round pick (26th overall) of the Buffalo Bills in the 2006 NFL Draft. In his five seasons with the Bills, he played in 39 games with one start, recording 70 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
McCargo spent the preseason with Tampa Bay before being released during final camp cuts. The former Bill spoke to PewterReport.com back in August after signing with the Buccaneers.
“I’m definitely more comfortable in a 4-3,” McCargo said. “I didn’t really play that much in Buffalo in the 3-4, so I didn’t really feel it was a scheme to fit me. I like the defense here. I like the coaching staff. I think it is a great situation with me just coming down here, getting in shape and getting used to the heat because Buffalo is a lot different. [I] just want to go out here and make some plays. I’m used to this 4-3 defense.”
The Buccaneers also announced that have signed RB Nic Grigsby and DT Swanson Miller to the practice squad to fill the open vacancies when Chad Spann and Zane Taylor were released Monday.
Grigsby originally entered the league with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2011, spending time on both the Dolphins and Oakland Raiders practice squads this season. Miller originally entered the league with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has spent time on both the Browns and New Orleans Saints practice squads over the past two seasons.