Bucs promote defensive lineman Masifilo to roster
The Bucs have filled out their 53-man roster for Sunday's game at the Rams, promoting defensive lineman Matthew Masifilo from the practice squad.
Masifilo, 24, is a second-year player from Stanford, among the Bucs' final preseason cuts and on the practice squad since. Masifilo, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, is listed on the Bucs' roster as a defensive tackle, but he started as a defensive end with the Cardinal, finishing his career with 26 starts, 15 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He had seven tackles in the 2012 preseason with the 49ers and joined the Bucs last November, though he has not been active for any NFL games.
With Da'Quan Bowers out with a knee injury, there's a chance Masifilo could be among the team's 46 active players Sunday. He's the third former Stanford player on the Bucs' roster now, joining WR Chris Owusu and FB Erik Lorig. He takes the place of special-teams player Russell Shepard, who was placed on injured reserve Monday after injuring his toe in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
With Masifilo signed, the Bucs now have 16 players on their 53-man roster who have been signed -- from either waivers, practice squads or just unsigned free agents -- since the final preseason cuts.