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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-sign OL Derek Hardman, release DL Wallace Gilberry

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have suffered a number of offensive line injuries recently and it has prompted hem to make one move. The team has re-signed offensive lineman Derek Hardman, while they have released defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry according to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. The move makes sense in light of Jeremy Trueblood's and Carl Nicks' injuries. Trueblood could very well miss Sunday's game with an ankle injury, while Nicks is likely to play - but it's better to be safe than sorry. Hardman can play both guard and tackle and has started a number of games at guard for the Bucs in the past.

Meanwhile, the Bucs cut into their depth at defensive line by cutting versatile lineman Gilberry, but that doesn't appear to be as big of a problem as it was a week ago. Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller played well at defensive tackle, and the first-string defensive linemen were able to play almost every snap in the game. Gary Gibson didn't look bad on the few snaps he did play, and neither did DT Corey Irvin. Even if Hardman gets released later on this season, the Bucs may not look to Gilberry to come back on to the roster.