The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will waive-injured Donteea Dye, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The wide receiver suffered a hamstring strain after returning a kickoff in Friday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
Dye was in position to make the Bucs’ 53-man roster as a fifth receiver and the primary kickoff returner, so this has to be a big disappointment for him and the Bucs. If Dye passes through waivers, he’ll be placed on injured reserve — though the team is likely to release him after reaching an injury settlement. If that happens, they could re-sign him at a later date, when he’s healthy.
With Dye waived, the Bucs have Kenny Bell, Freddie Martino, Jonathan Krause, Evan Spencer and Russell Shepard competing for what are likely two roster spots. Shepard’s most likely to win one, while Bell and Martino are probably on the outside looking in.
The Bucs cut twelve players on Sunday to get close to the 75-man roster limit, and now have to waive or release one more player today.