Bucs bring guard Kyler Kerbyson back on practice squad
Again facing a rash of injuries on the offensive line, the Bucs have signed rookie guard Kyler Kerbyson, who filled in much the same way for Tampa Bay in preseason, to their practice squad on Tuesday.
Kerbyson, who played collegiately at Tennessee, helped the Bucs in the final two weeks of the preseason, when guard Kevin Pamphile was absent due to a death in the family and center Joe Hawley was sidelined by a knee injury. Signed on a Monday, he was ready to step in and play that same Friday in August, playing 29 snaps as part of a patchwork second line for the Bucs. He would play another 49 snaps in the final preseason game, but missed the Bucs' final roster cuts.
The Bucs are again shorthanded on the interior of the offensive line -- Pamphile missed Sunday's game with a concussion, Joe Hawley was inactive with a knee injury and center Evan Smith is expected to miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain suffered early in Sunday's game. Ben Gottschalk, promoted from the practice squad just Saturday, played 69 of 75 snaps at center, and rookie Caleb Benenoch, making his NFL debut, played every snap for Pamphile at left guard.
All that left an opening on the practice squad, and it will go to Kerbyson, who also spent time with the Patriots in preseason before coming to the Bucs and has the versatility to work at tackle or guard if necessary. The other practice squad opening will go to running back Russell Hansbrough, who was cut from the 53-man roster Saturday once it was clear Doug Martin was healthy enough to play against the Bears.