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Bucs promote rookie LB Riley Bullough to active roster

Bullough, made famous with "Joe Dirt" nickname on HBO's "Hard Knocks," will help Bucs on special teams.
Bucs rookie LB Riley Bullough, shown in preseason, has been promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
(LOREN ELLIOTT | TIMES)
Bucs rookie LB Riley Bullough, shown in preseason, has been promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. (LOREN ELLIOTT | TIMES)
Published Dec. 12, 2017

The Bucs have promoted rookie LB Riley Bullough — a cult favorite back in August after being nicknamed "Joe Dirt" on HBO's "Hard Knocks" — to the active roster after he spent three months on the team's practice squad.

Bullough, undrafted out of Michigan State, will have a chance to help the Bucs on special teams. The team waived CB Deji Olatoye to make room for Bullough, who essentially takes the place of special-teams LB Cameron Lynch, who was waived two weeks ago.

Bullough no longer has the long hair that earned him the "Joe Dirt" nickname in preseason, but he'll have a chance in the final three games to start making a case to make the Bucs' roster in 2018.