Bucs waived injured DT Channing Ward, add OT Jerry Ugokwe

Bucs defensive lineman Channing Ward, left, works with Mitch Unrein during workouts this summer. He was waived Wednesday after injuring his knee last week while working out.(MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Bucs defensive lineman Channing Ward, left, works with Mitch Unrein during workouts this summer. He was waived Wednesday after injuring his knee last week while working out.(MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published July 25 2018

The Bucs made one roster tweak on Wednesday as veterans reported for the start of training camp, waiving defensive tackle Channing Ward and adding offensive tackle Jerry Ugokwe.

Ward, 25, tore the patellar tendon in his knee last week while working out at home in Mississippi, and already underwent surgery with a recovery of at least four months. The Bucs waived him with a non-football injury designation. He had five tackles as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and spent most of last season on the Bucs' practice squad, and was in line to compete for one of the last defensive line spots on the roster.

Ugokwe, 24, was a tryout player at Bucs rookie minicamp in May but was not signed. He played collegiately at William and Mary, and was with the Colts and Saints in preseason last year, spending two weeks on the Redskins' practice squad.

The Bucs already had 15 offensive linemen on roster battling for what is likely nine spots. He'll offer depth in training camp as the team doesn't want to overwork any players in practice. Leonard Wester is likely the team's swing backup tackle, with Cole Gardner, Brad Seaton and rookie Cole Boozer among those also competing for the last tackle spot if the Bucs carry nine offensive linemen.

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