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Buccaneers waive James-Michael Johnson, make practice squad moves

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived James-Michael Johnson with an injury, which means he'll revert to injured reserve after clearing waivers. The Bucs picked up the linebacker off waivers after final cuts, but he apparently suffered an injury after playing 18 special teams snaps against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

With Bruce Carter and Danny Lansanah also suffering injuries against the Titans, the team will want to quickly add some depth at the linebacker position. The most likely signing would be Jason Williams, who was released when the team added Johnson. It's not clear how serious the injuries to Carter and Lansanah are.

The team also released practice squad players tight end Cameron Brate, receiver Kaelin Clay and guard Martin Wallace. With Clay gone, the Bucs can close the books on their sixth-round pick this year, who they brought in to be a return specialist. Brate was a standout receiving tight end during the preseason, but apparently the Bucs see no room for him in the future.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs added defensive tackle Derrick Lott and linebacker Julian Stanford to the practice squad. They still have one open 53-man roster spot, and one open spot on the practice squad.