TAMPA — The Bucs placed guard J.R. Sweezy and receiver Louis Murphy on the reserve-physically unable to perform list, 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 with the Bucs in March, while Murphy is still recovering from ACL surgery to his knee in November.
They 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.
The moves allowed the Bucs to re-sign two players who had been waived Sunday: former Clearwater High linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Kimario McFadden. The two provide depth for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Redskins (the game was moved from Thursday due to concern about bad weather), allowing the Bucs to rest their starters, but neither is likely to make the final cut to 53 players on Saturday.
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