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Bucs defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry reflects on surprising sequence



When Bucs defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry was pulled off the practice field on Saturday and released from the roster, all he could do was try to recover from the gut punch and look forward.

“It was surprising, but at the end of the day, I know it’s a business,” Gilberry said. “They hold the cards. All I can do is play the hand I’m dealt.”
He immediately formulated a plan.

“I was just under the impression I was going to go home and stay in the gym and stay in shape to be ready” for another team, Gilberry said. “But God had another plan and so did Coach (Greg) Schiano and (general manager) Mark Dominik.”

Gilberry was re-signed to a contract on Monday after the Bucs released guard Julian Vandervelde – one of the players whose addition to the roster resulted in Gilberry’s release in the first place.

No hard feelings, Gilberry said. He’s just glad it all worked out.

“I like the direction. I like my teammates,” he said. “We have a good group of guys here. So, I’m definitely happy to be back on board.”

What role Gilberry plays remains to be seen. But the Bucs don't have a lot of great options behind their starting defensive linemen, so it's not out of the question that Gilberry plays an important role on Sunday against the Panthers.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:33am]


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