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Buccaneers roster moves good sign for Donovan Smith, bad for Johnthan Banks

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah to the regular season roster, waiving tackle Reid Fragel to make room for him. Adjei-Barimah is an undrafted free agent out of Bowling Green who spent the preseason with the Bucs after signing with them back in July.

The Bucs likely promoted Adjei-Barimah to help fill the gap left by Johnthan Banks, who missed every practice this week and is exceedingly unlikely to play this weekend. Adjei-Barimah showed some positive signs in the preseason, but he didn't exactly blow anyone away. Still, he probably won't get on the field: Tim Jennings and Mike Jenkins will be the starting cornerbacks, with Sterling Moore in the slot and Alterraun Verner the primary backup.

The fact that the Bucs waived Fragel is actually good news, though. They called the tackle up from the practice squad earlier this week when it looked like Donovan Smith might not be able to go on Sunday, but the tackle participated in the last two practices and was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. The fact that the Bucs don't feel the need to carry an extra backup tackle means he'll almost certainly be able to play against the Panthers.