Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting punter Josh Bidwell, who has been
dealing with a degenerative hip problem, re-aggravated it during practice on Wednesday. While the severity of his injury is still not yet known, the team is shutting him down and ordering additional tests to determine if his season is over and if he will be placed on IR.
Bidwell, 33, who signed a five year – $7 million dollar contract extension in 2006, is signed through 2010 and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2011. Bidwell has not missed a game since 2000.
The team is scheduled to workout veteran punter Dirk Johnson on Thursday, who was recently released by the Steelers. Johnson, 34, has punted for the Saints, Eagles, Bears and Cardinals, posting a 41.7 career average on 320 punts.
In 2008, Johnson appeared in 12 games with the Arizona Cardinals, recording an average of 41.8 yards on 40 punts.
Other avaliable punters that could intrigue the Bucs are:
Durant Brooks, Age: 24, 39.6 yard average
Ryan Plackemeier, Age: 25, 42.2 yard average
Tom Malone, Age: 25, practice squad player
Mike Dragosavich, Age: 24, rookie
Kyle Larson, Age: 28, 42.0 yard average
Mitch Berger, Age: 37, 43.0 yard average