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Buccaneers re-sign Major Wright, place Charles Sims on injured reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally moved Charles Sims to injured reserve, while Major Wright surprisingly returns.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Major Wright after placing running back Charles Sims on injured reserve, designated to return, Roy Cummings reports. The Bucs had to wait to place Charles Sims on injured reserve until today due to procedural rules.

Sims injured his ankle in training camp, and should miss the first nine to twelve weeks of the regular season. The Bucs can bring him back to the regular season roster starting in week nine. The rookie running back was supposed to be a big part of the Bucs' offense as a receiving back and backup running back behind Doug Martin, but the Bucs will lean even more on the Muscle Hamster now.

The Bucs initially released Major Wright during final cutdowns on Saturday, and his release now makes sense. Because Wright was a veteran, he did not go through waivers and could sign with whichever team he wanted. Presumably the Bucs told him they'd bring him back after they'd place Sims on injured reserve, and he waited for them to re-sign him.

Wright is the Bucs' most experienced backup safety and has a lot of experience in Lovie Smith's system. It's not clear where he falls in current the pecking order, however, with Bradley McDougald and Keith Tandy being the two other backup safeties.