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Buccaneers place Josh Bidwell on IR, sign journeyman receiver



UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: According to general manager Mark Dominik, punter Josh Bidwell will have arthroscopic hip surgery to address the sudden soreness Bidwell started experiencing last week.

Dominik stressed that the injury is not seen as career-threatening.

"His hip started flaring up in terms of pain," Dominik said. "Our beliefs and our thoughts are that once we get it scoped, he should be pain free and we'll go from there."

The decision took several days to reach because the team was considering all options and also had a specialist see Bidwell after team doctors had reached their conclusions.

Plus, "We wanted to give Josh a couple of days to see how he felt," Dominik said. "It was important that we cover all the ground."

3:27 p.m.: Bucs punter Josh Bidwell's season is over.

The Bucs confirmed the news that was initially feared when they placed Bidwell on injured reserve today, the result of hip pain that began last week.

Bidwell, a 2005 Pro Bowl selection, has not missed a regular-season game since the 1999 season, appearing in 144 consecutive games. His 44.0 per punt average is No. 1 in team history.

Bidwell was replaced last week when the team signed veteran Dirk Johnson. He kicked Saturday night at Tennessee and finished with a 41.4 average, with a 46-yard punt being his longest.

Taking Bidwell's spot on the active roster is receiver Marcus Maxwell, a 2005 seventh-round pick of the 49ers. He has played in nine games in his career and has also been on the rosters of the Bengals and Ravens.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:38pm]


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