The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were forced to send two key contributors to injured lists Monday in an effort to get to the league-mandated 75-man roster limit.
The Buccaneers waived 10 players, according to the team’s website, and placed starting right guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers on the physically unable to perform list.
All the players waived were either rookies or first-year players.
Losing Joseph is a huge blow to Tampa Bay’s offensive line, and the Buccaneers will scramble to determine who will step in to the starting spot.
Ted Larsen is the obvious leading candidate. He has started 14 games over the past two seasons at left guard. Derek Hardman is another option, albeit a long shot.
The Buccaneers must feel Bowers can make a comeback in 2012.
Bowers suffered an Achilles tear in May and underwent surgery to repair the damage. Before the injury, he was going to push for a starting job at left defensive end. Bowers claimed he’d return in 2012, and Tampa Bay certainly seems to believe him.
Being added to the PUP list means Bowers must sit out for the first six weeks of the season. Once Week 7 rolls around, Tampa Bay has three weeks to make a determination to activate Bowers to the active roster or move him to injured reserve.
To reach the 75-man roster limit, Tampa Bay made the following moves:
- Waived running back De’Anthony Curtis
- Waived long snapper Andrew DePaola
- Waived wide receiver Greg Ellingson
- Waived wide receiver Ed Gant
- Waived tight end Collin Franklin
- Waived punter Eric Guthrie
- Waived offensive tackle Mike Ingersoll
- Waived linebacker Brian Smith
- Waived safety Tramain Thomas
- Waived cornerback Marquese Wheaton
- Placed offensive guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve
- Placed defensive end Da'Quan Bowers on the PUP list