So much for David Boston.
The troubled but talented receiver fell short of a comeback with the Bucs when he was released Saturday to make room for guard Scott Jackson, who was signed from the practice squad.
Starting right guard Davin Joseph, the team's first-round pick, is out indefinitely with a knee sprain. Left guard Dan Buenning is questionable with an ankle sprain and did not practice this week.
The Bucs host the Baltimore Ravens in the season opener at 1 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Boston, who played in just five games the past two seasons with the Dolphins due to knee injuries, appeared to have found a home in Tampa Bay. But with seven receivers on the roster, he apparently was the most expendable player.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Jackson can play all five offensive line positions. But his signing is the biggest indication that the team does not expect Buenning to be active. Third-year pro Jeb Terry will make his first NFL start at right guard for Joseph and Sean Mahan is expected to start at left guard.
The Bucs have six other receivers on the roster - Joey Galloway, Michael Clayton, Ike Hilliard, Maurice Stovall, Mark Jones and Paris Warren. The surprising thing is that Boston was considered the most expendable.
That's not to say Boston won't return to the team next week. If Buenning improves, the team could opt to re-sign Boston.
But what a downer to a guy who was 24 hours to fulfilling his goal of a comeback in the NFL.