Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bucs place Sweezy, Murphy on PUP list

TAMPA — The Bucs placed G J.R. Sweezy and WR Louis Murphy on the reserve-physically unable to perform list Tuesday, meaning neither will play in the first five games of the regular season.

The moves were not unexpected. Sweezy, who had surgery for a herniated disc in his back, hasn't practiced since signing in March. Murphy is still recovering from ACL surgery to his knee in November.

The two are eligible to start practicing in Week 7 of the regular season, which opens a three-week period in which they can return to the active roster.

Tampa Bay re-signed two players waived Sunday: Former Clearwater High LB Jeremiah George and S Kimario McFadden. The two provide depth for tonight's preseason finale against the Redskins, allowing the Bucs to rest their starters, but neither is likely to make the final cut to 53 players on Saturday.

The Bucs made two other roster moves Tuesday to get to the NFL cutdown of 75 players, waiving WR Donteea Dye with a hamstring injury and waiving OL Joel Hale.

Second chance: The Bucs' preseason opened with WR Kenny Bell fumbling a kickoff return on the opening play at Philadelphia. Bell now hopes to get another shot on kickoffs against Washington to help his case to make the 53-man roster.

"I hope so. I do believe I will," Bell said. "Anything I can do in a positive manner is a good way to get on the team, whether it's gunning, covering kicks or returning them. … Obviously I would love a second chance. I haven't gotten one yet, but definitely ready for that opportunity."

Bell has just one catch for 9 yards in the preseason, and is batting Evan Spencer and Bernard Reedy (among others) for the fifth and perhaps final receiver spot. The gane against Washington was moved up from Thursday to help avoid expected heavy rains and high winds associated with Tropical Depression Nine, moving toward Florida from the Gulf of Mexico.

"That's just unfortunate, to really stack it against you," Bell said. "You're talking about trying to make a team as a receiver, to know that a tropical storm is coming that's going to mess with the field and there's going to be a wet football. It's tough. It's the kind of stuff you have to laugh at as life is throwing punches your way. You just have to dodge them."

This and that: Tonight's preseason finale will be shown on NFL Network nationally in addition to its local broadcast on WFLA Ch. 8. … Four players were held out of practice Tuesday: WR Vincent Jackson (unspecified), OT Demar Dotson (unspecified), OG Ali Marpet (ankle) and LB Devonte Bond (hamstring). RB Mike James was back at practice after being held out of Friday's game, but coach Dirk Koetter wouldn't say if he'd play against Washington.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Bucs place Sweezy, Murphy on PUP list 08/30/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 11:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  2. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE

    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  3. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  4. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games

    Minors

    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.
  5. Rays vs. Mariners, 7:10 Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Austin Pruitt (50) in the dugout during the ninth inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 7-3.