September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib (25) is congratulated by wide receiver Sammie Stroughter (18) after he blocked the punt in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
As was reported yesterday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed wide receiver Chris Owusu while moving Sammie Stroughter to injured reserve. Although it's not entirely clear, it appears that Stroughter was not designated as a player who could return later in the season - which means Stroughter will miss all of this season. That's problematic, as Stroughter played just 6 games last year due to injuries and missed four games in 2010 as well. This is quickly becoming a recurring theme for Stroughter, who hasn't been spectacular when he has been healthy anyway.
To replace Stroughter, the team signed Owusu and earlier added Jordan Shipley to the roster. Shipley should take most of the snaps as a slot receiver (unless Arrelious Benn takes those) while contributing as a punt returner, while Owusu could be used on kick returns but is unlikely to see snaps on offense early on. Tiquan Underwood was also added to the roster, but it's not yet clear what his role will be, as he is more of a deep threat.