The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are placing a slew of players on injured reserve after yesterday’s rash of injuries. With only two weeks to go, even short-term injuries are worth a trip to IR, to free up a roster spot for someone who could actually win Dirk Koetter a game or two.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right guard J.R. Sweezy and linebacker Adarius Glanton are two of the first players to go on IR. Glanton broke his leg yesterday, which was broadcast in very graphic detail. Sweezy has an unspecified lower leg injury, caused by someone landing on his leg during the game.
A few other players are likely to go on injured reserve, too. Tight end O.J. Howard had to leave yesterday’s game with an ankle injury, and those usually take a while to heal. T.J. Ward’s concussion would make him a prime candidate for injured reserve, too, while Justin Evans left late with an unspecified injury as well. Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy missed yesterday’s game altogether, so who knows what’ll happen there.
The Bucs are promoting defensive lineman Channing Ward to the 53-man roster to fill one roster spot, per Greg Auman. Ward played five games for the Bucs last year, but didn’t manage to earn a roster spot this season.