Bucs expected to sign DE Ryan Russell to practice squad
The Bucs are expected to sign defensive end Ryan Russell, a Cowboys draft pick last year, to their practice squad on Wednesday, adding depth as they continue to battle injuries to their pass rush.
Russell, 24, worked out for the Bucs on Tuesday, after being waived among the Cowboys' final cuts three weeks ago and then released from the practice squad last week. Russell, 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, was a fifth-round draft pick out of Purdue in 2015 but only played in one game as a rookie; he was inactive for 10 games and then missed the final five games after being placed on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.
Russell had nine tackles in the preseason this year, and was a four-year starter at Purdue, totaling 47 starts but no more than four sacks in any one season.
The Bucs have an opening on their 53-man roster, so it's possible they'll promote a current member of the practice squad, thus opening a spot for Russell. Such a move would likely be in response to injuries in Sunday's game that impact the team's depth -- it could be a tight end like Alan Cross or Danny Vitale being promoted in response to Luke Stocker's ankle injury, or a receiver like Jeremy Butler if Cecil Shorts' hamstring injury is a problem.