Bucs promote DE Josh Shirley, waive Reid Fragel
Seeking depth for their defensive line, the Bucs have promoted rookie defensive end Josh Shirley from the practice squad, and waived-injured tackle Reid Fragel to make room for him.
Shirley, who played at Washington and UNLV and had two sacks in the preseason with the Raiders, spent the past three weeks on the Bucs' practice squad. With defensive tackles Clinton McDonald and Tony McDaniel out this week with injuries, the Bucs are likely to use starting defensive end Will Gholston some as a backup tackle, and Shirley provides depth at end.
Much like Howard Jones, who has two sacks and a touchdown since being promoted this month, Shirley is a smaller pass rusher -- 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds. He had 18 sacks and nine forced fumbles in three years at Washington before transferring to UNLV for his final year.
Fragel, who made his NFL debut in the win against the Jaguars, suffered a concussion in practice the week before last and missed one game with injury. He was a candidate to be cut next week, when starting tackle Demar Dotson returns from short-term injured reserve and the Bucs need to cut a player to make room for him.