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Tampa Bay Buccaneers release Sabby Piscitelli

TAMPA — It was clear the Bucs would be making roster moves when they decided to put two starters on injured reserve this week.

But few could have predicted the release of 2007 second-round draft pick Sabby Piscitelli.

The Bucs on Tuesday parted ways with the often-criticized safety, who seemingly was going to replace starting free safety Cody Grimm after Grimm sustained a season-ending broken leg in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Ravens. The Bucs did not comment on the decision.

Grimm and guard Davin Joseph (broken foot) were placed on IR on Tuesday, along with defensive end Kyle Moore, who has been rehabilitating a shoulder injury for nearly a month.

Between the release of Piscitelli and the injury losses, the Bucs had four roster spots to fill. They promoted a quartet of practice squad players. Tampa Bay called up safety Vince Anderson, receiver Dezmon Briscoe and guard Brandon Carter from its squad and safety Larry Asante from the Browns'.

It was not clear who would step in for Grimm. Special-teams ace Corey Lynch is next on the depth chart, but Piscitelli played the remainder of the game at Baltimore after Grimm was injured in the second quarter.

Lynch got attention from coaches during practices and through the preseason, and convinced them to take the unusual step of keeping five safeties at final cuts. Teams usually keep four. But Lynch, in his second season with the Bucs, has had a limited number of defensive snaps.

Anderson, a Lake City native, has been on the practice squad all season and could be in the mix if coaches opt not to go with Lynch. So could Asante, a fifth-round pick of the Browns this year who was an All-Big 12 selection at Nebraska last year.

Piscitelli's release likely is a result of a lengthy evaluation of his performance. Piscitelli started at strong safety in all but one game last season and was unimpressive, with frequent blown coverages and a number of missed tackles.

The coaching staff's view of Piscitelli became clearer when Grimm, a seventh-round draft pick this year, was chosen as the replacement for starter Tanard Jackson when Jackson was suspended in September for a year for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. That came on the heels of Piscitelli losing the job at strong safety to free agent Sean Jones, a competition Piscitelli said "wasn't a fair fight."

Piscitelli's performance in 2009 had prompted the Bucs to sign Jones.

Against Baltimore, on the first defensive series without Grimm, the Ravens got a 65-yard touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap, who was uncovered because of what coach Raheem Morris called "a miscommunication."

Morris wouldn't identity who had responsibility for Heap, but replays indicated Heap ran unimpeded past a couple of defenders after releasing off the line of the scrimmage. The closest Buccaneer to him was Piscitelli.

No Talib penalty for arguing with official

The Bucs received word that cornerback Aqib Talib won't be fined for a profanity-laced postgame verbal altercation with a game official Sunday.

Talib, whom teammates had to restrain after the official responded to the cornerback's profane comments with one of his own, was protesting a pass interference call that positioned the Ravens for a touchdown late in the first half that proved to be the winner.

Talib and the official talked after the play and as the team and the officiating crew made their way off the field through the same tunnel after the game.

Based on the NFL's statement, the official won't be disciplined, either.

"Both individuals have been reminded that any postgame conversations between players and officials should be more positive in nature," the statement said

Tampa Bay Buccaneers release Sabby Piscitelli 11/30/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:50am]
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