Buccaneers place DE Aaron Morgan on Reserve/Injured

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The Bucs didn't lose Morgan to the waiver wire.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived defensive end Aaron Morgan yesterday, after he had missed all of preseason with an unknown injury. He has now cleared waivers, and passed to reserve/injured, which is just the regular injured reserve. Letting him pass through waivers means that he doesn't count against the roster limit.

The defensive end looked like a quality speed rusher with some potential to develop last year, but injuries robbed him of that chance. Which is a shame: the Bucs could have used a good speed rusher.

Morgan ended last season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, although that was toward the end of the season and may just have been a short-term injury. Morgan's a restricted free agent next season, which means the Bucs can take another look at him then -- unless they release him from injured reserve with an injury settlement during the course of the season.

We'll see if he can come back next year, and whether he can contribute then. In the mean time, the Bucs need to find a way to get a pass rush somewhere. Adrian Clayborn and Trevor Scott appear to be the most capable defensive ends on the roster right now in that regard.

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