Bucs activate DT Akeem Spence, waive Warren
WASHINGTON -- The Bucs on Saturday activated defensive tackle Akeem Spence from the physically unable to perform list, and he'll make his season debut Sunday in the Bucs' game against the Redskins.
Spence, 23, missed the Bucs' first five games after undergoing back surgery in July. He had a career-high 37 tackles last season and adds to Tampa Bay's depth behind starters Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald. The team had a three-week window to add him to the active roster, but a groin injury to backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel necessitated the move.
To make room for Spence, the Bucs waived first-year offensive lineman Jeremiah Warren, who played at USF. Warren's cut suggests that Evan Smith, who had missed the last three games with an ankle injury, will be active Sunday, perhaps as the backup to Joe Hawley at center.