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Bucs to waive-injure WR Donteea Dye due to hamstring



A closer look at Bucs receiver Donteea Dye's hamstring injury shows he is likely to miss four weeks, and the Bucs have waived-injured him, getting within one spot of the NFL's 75-man roster cutdown for Tuesday afternoon.

Dye, who started five games for the Bucs last year and caught 11 passes as an undrafted rookie, was in position to make the Bucs' roster and be the team's primary kickoff returner, but injured himself in the opening plays of Friday's preseason win against the Browns.

Dye could rejoin the Bucs once he's healthy again, but won't be part of the initial roster, which will be set this weekend after final cuts.

His departure opens up the Bucs' No. 5 receiver spot -- which could go to young options like Evan Spencer, Kenny Bell or Bernard Reedy -- as well as the kickoff return job, where Reedy and rookie Ryan Smith have gotten looks in the preseason.

The Bucs now have 76 players on roster, and must get to 75 by the NFL's 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday.

[Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2016 8:25pm]


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