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Buccaneers place five players on injured reserve, sign five

J.R. Sweezy, Vernon Hargreaves and Justin Evans are starters who will finish the season on injured reserve.

NFL: New York Jets at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed five players on injured reserve today: cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, right guard J.R. Sweezy, free safety Justin Evans, tight end O.J. Howard and linebacker Adarius Glanton.

Hargreaves has been struggling with a hamstring injury for a month now, but the rest suffered injuries during Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Glanton broke his leg in a pretty gruesome way, but the rest seemed to leave the field with relatively short-term injuries, so their participation for next seasons should not be in much doubt.

The Bucs also signed two players to replace these injured folks. Cornerback David Rivers and offensive lineman Adam Gettis were signed off the street, with Rivers having spent part of the year on the Bucs’ practice squad. Gettis entered the league as a fifth-round pick in 2012, and has played 17 games since 2013.

The Bucs also promoted defensive tackle Channing Ward, linebacker Nigel Harris and safety Isaiah Johnson to the 53-man roster.

While this is all well and good for these young players, it’s not exactly a boon to the Bucs, who desperately need to win a game or two to keep head coach Dirk Koetter employed.