The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have Jude Adjei-Barimah back after cutting him last week. Per Jenna Laine of ESPN, the cornerback passed through waivers and therefore landed on the Bucs’ injured reserve—she even spotted him in the locker room.
When teams waive players with an injury in the preseason, other teams get the chance to claim them—and if none do, they revert to their original team’s injured reserve list. Usually, teams will only take this risk with players they think are very replaceable—and many times, they’ll release those players from injured reserve with a settlement.
That’s unlikely to happen with Adjei-Barimah, who’s rehabbing from a fractured patella. There’s even a chance the Bucs bring him back late in the year, if his rehab goes well—the Bucs could use some depth at outside cornerback, where Ryan Smith has been struggling with Brent Grimes out.
Still, the fact that the Bucs were willing to risk losing Adjei-Barimah to save a single roster spot on a 90-man preseason roster doesn’t bode that well for his chances with the team right now. We’ll see whether that changes in the future.