Free agent acquisition OLB Angelo Crowell has been lost for the year with
a torn triceps. It is believed that the team will place Crowell on I.R., but by doing so he would be guaranteed $2 million dollars this season, not quite sure the ramification to the team and the salary cap should they workout an injury settlement.
The team signed former Nebraska standout Bo Ruud, the little brother of starting middle linebacker Barrett Ruud to take Crowell’s spot. Bo, will compete at strongside LB. He originally was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
In 46 games at Nebraska, Ruud started 33 contests… Registered 216 tackles (117 solo) with 4.5 sacks for minus-43 yards, 25 stops for losses of 84 yards and 16 quarterback pressures… Caused six fumble and recovered two others, returning two for a total of 53 yards… Deflected 13 passes and intercepted five others for 208 yards in returns, including three touchdowns.
Tampa Bay has also signed cornerback Darrel Hunter to its roster. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Miami (Ohio).
Hunter has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Edmonton Eskimos. The 5′ 11, 211-pound Hunter has played in 3 games during his on again off again NFL career.
The following players are participating in today’s practice center Jeff Faine after missing almost two weeks with a groin injury is back. Safety Will Allen (shoulder) is on the field, as is receiver Kelly Campbell (quad). Jermaine Phillips who injured his shoulder against Jacksonville is on the field. Running back Earnest Graham (ankle) is also on the field.
There is no sign of second year cornerback Elbert Mack who suffered an ankle injury on Saturday. The injury is not believed to be serious. He may not play Thursday due to the short week but he’s fine.
WR Antonio Bryant (knee surgery), kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring), WR Dexter Jackson (ankle), RB Kareem Huggins (knee) and tight end John Gilmore (undisclosed) are not practicing with the team.
In Other News:
Rick Stroud, of the St. Pete Times throws out an interesting idea, in which he speculates the reason for Morris not naming a starting quarterback on Sunday has to do with the Glazer’s more so then what has transpired in practice and the Bucs first two pre-season games.