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Bucs G Arron Sears reinstated to team



Bucs guard Arron Sears, who has not been with the team since March while resolving 'personal issues,' has been reinstated.

Under terms of the reinstatement, the team will have a two-week exemption in which Sears will not count against the 53-man roster. During that time, he will be able to practice with the team and attend all club activities.

Sears was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 31, 2009.

"We welcome Arron back to the team,'' general manager Mark Dominik said. "Throughout this process, we have remained in close contact with Arron and his agent and this is a good opportunity to integrate himself back into our football team.''

A second-round draft pick in 2007, Sears briefly attended the team's off-season workout program and the first voluntary minicamp under coach Raheem Morris. But teammates noticed Sears was more withdrawn than normal and at one point he became non-verbal, writing down answers to questions on paper. Sears abruptly left the Bucs after that.

A two-year starter at left guard, Sears missed one game last season with a concussion. But there have been no indications that his problem is related to that injury.

Sears was replaced at left guard this season by Jeremy Zuttah, a second-year pro from Rutgers.

The Bucs are ranked 25th in the NFL, averaging 98.8 yards per game.


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:49pm]


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