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Buccaneers promote Josh Keyes, waive Alan Cross

NFL: Preseason-Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted linebacker Josh Keyes to the active roster, and waived tight end/fullback Alan Cross, the team announced today.

Keyes has likely been promoted because rookie Devante Bond is struggling with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Keyes played in seven games for the Bucs last season, almost exclusively as a special teamer. That should be his role tomorrow as well.

As for Cross, he made the roster over Dan Vitale at fullback, but I guess the Bucs have decided they don’t really need a dedicated fullback. Luke Stocker can be a pretty good lead blocker, and Cross isn’t exactly going to be a special pass-catcher anyway.

With Dan Vitale on the practice squad now, the team may move on from Cross altogether.

The Bucs also released linebacker Micah Awe from the practice squad, for those keeping track of that ever-evolving group of ten players.