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Bucs' Dye, Bond could return for season opener



Good news on the Bucs' injury front, as receiver Donteea Dye and rookie linebacker Devante Bond, both sidelined with hamstring injuries, are both expected to be in position to return healthy before Tampa Bay's regular-season opener in two weeks.

Dye injured his hamstring on just his second play in Friday night's game and did not return, but an MRI exam this weekend showed the injury is minor, with no tear. Bond, a sixth-round draft pick likely to be the top backup at strongside linebacker, injured his hamstring at practice last week and was held out of Friday's game, but he too is expected to be back in time for the season opener.

As such, neither injury is likely to have ramifications on the Bucs' roster decisions as they make cuts this week from 90 players to the final 53. Tampa Bay made its first 12 cuts Sunday, with two more moves needed by Tuesday afternoon to reach the initial cutdown limit of 75 players.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:08pm]


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