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Buccaneers re-sign Josh Keyes, place Devante Bond on injured reserve

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Training Camp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed linebacker Josh Keyes, placing rookie linebacker Devante Bond on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Bond was the team’s fifth-round pick this year, but has yet to play a game. He missed the first two games with a hamstring injury from which he appeared to be recovered, until he missed yesterday’s practice. He’s now been placed on injured reserve, which suggests this setback was particularly serious.

Bond played his college football at Oklahoma, and the Bucs were planning to use him as a core special teamer, and putting him in on the field in some (blitz) defensive packages.

Meanwhile, Keyes was on the roster for the first two games to replace Bond on special teams. The Bucs waived him this week under the assumption that Bond would be ready to play, but obviously that assumption turned out to be faulty.