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Buccaneers promote linebacker Josh Keyes

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted linebacker Josh Keyes to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia EaglesGreg Auman notes. The linebacker spent the offseason with the Bucs and has been on the practice squad the past couple of days. He should be a special teamer only, if he's even active tomorrow.

Keyes will fill the roster spot opened by releasing linebacker Orie Lemon earlier this week. The Bucs were likely keeping that roster spot open to fill a last-minute need based on who they expect to be able to go tomorrow. Defensive end Jacquies Smith, wide receiver Vincent Jackson, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, guard Ali Marpet and guard Evan Smith are all listed as questionable for tomorrow, so it's hard to see for whom this is good news -- though it does at least mean that out of Smith and Marpet, at least one of them should be able to play tomorrow.

Greg Auman thinks this bodes well for Smith's participation, which is good news for the Bucs' pass rush. We'll see who's active and inactive at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, though we'll likely get advance warning earlier tomorrow on Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Vincent Jackson.