Bucs cut safety Major Wright, bring back DT John Hughes
The last few spots on a 53-man roster can be driven by injury-related depth concerns, and in a good sign that safety Chris Conte will be back this week, the Bucs released veteran safety Major Wright and re-signed defensive tackle John Hughes, who they had cut on Saturday.
Conte has missed the last two games with a chest contusion suffered at the end of the Bucs' win against Seattle, and Wright had been added as experienced depth, playing only on special teams in his two games, tying for the team high with 17 special-teams snaps in Sunday's win against New Orleans.
Hughes, 27, has six tackles in limited action during five games this season. He had been inactive the previous two weeks as the Bucs opted for Sealver Siliga as their fourth defensive tackle behind starters Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald and backup Akeem Spence.
The Bucs are at a full 53 players on roster and know they'll have to make a roster move next week to create a spot as cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah returns from his four-game suspension. They do have an opening on their practice squad after receiver Donteea Dye was promoted Saturday with Adam Humphries sidelined by a concussion.