Bucs place LB Devante Bond on injured reserve, sign Keyes
The Bucs have placed rookie linebacker Devante Bond on injured reserve with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past four weeks, re-signing linebacker Josh Keyes to take his place on the roster.
Bond, a sixth-round draft pick from Oklahoma, had participated fully in Wednesday's practice, and the Bucs waived Keyes on Monday, suggesting Bond had made enough progress to be active and make his NFL debut in Sunday's home opener against the Rams. But he was held out of Thursday's practice entirely and is now on injured reserve.
Keyes, a second-year player from Boston College, played extensively on special teams in the Bucs' first two games and was on the roster for part of last season as well. The Bucs also have Adarius Glanton as a backup to starters Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Daryl Smith.
The Bucs have the right to pull one player off injured reserve -- if he recovers, he could return to practice in six weeks and start playing in eight, which would allow him to still play in the final seven games of the 2016 season.