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Bucs place TE Cameron Brate on injured reserve



A breakout season from Bucs tight end Cameron Brate will end a game early, as he will miss Sunday's season finale against Carolina after being placed on injured reserve with a back injury suffered in Saturday's loss to the Saints.

Brate matched a Bucs record for tight ends with eight touchdown catches this season, a total that leads all tight ends in the NFL. He finishes with 57 catches for 660 yards, easily career highs as he emerged as a top red-zone target for quarterback Jameis Winston. Only Packers WR Jordy Nelson has more red-zone touchdowns than Brate has this season.

The Bucs made several other previously reported moves, signing rookie running back Russell Hansbrough off the Giants' practice squad to the active roster, a move that points to Doug Martin not playing in Sunday's finale. Hansbrough was with the Bucs in preseason and has had stints on the team's practice squad and active roster.

The Bucs also placed CB Jude Adjei-Barimah on injured reserve -- he had missed four games with a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, and has not practiced since his suspension ended due to an unspecified injury.

The Bucs also signed offensive lineman Josh Allen back to their practice squad after he was waived by the 49ers last week, and released DT Rodney Coe from the practice squad to make room for Allen.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:12pm]


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