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With Jacquizz Rodgers hurt, Bucs bring back RB Mike James

Mike James had made the Bucs' initial cuts but was waived-injured in Week 1.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Mike James had made the Bucs' initial cuts but was waived-injured in Week 1.

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The Bucs are now on their seventh running back of 2016.

With fill-in starter Jacquizz Rodgers injuring his foot late in Sunday's loss to the Raiders, the Bucs on Monday agreed to terms with Mike James, who had made the team's initial cuts but was waived-injured in Week 1. James only recently became eligible to re-sign with the Bucs after his injury settlement, and was on the Lions' practice squad until joining the Bucs on Monday.

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James' signing doesn't bode well for Rodgers, who scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:48 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, but hurt himself late in regulation and did not play in overtime. The Bucs also have veteran Antone Smith, who had four carries for 16 yards on Sunday, and rookie Peyton Barber, who was limited to three snaps and one carry for 1 yard. Barber played well in the Bucs' win at San Francisco, rushing for 84 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown.

The Bucs continue to play without Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, out since Week 2 with a hamstring injury, as well as Charles Sims, out since Week 4 with a knee injury. Martin in theory could return this week, but it's unlikely with a short turnaround before Thursday's home game against the Falcons.

No corresponding move was announced by the Bucs to make room for James on the 53-man roster.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 4:19pm]

    

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