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Vita Vea, Mitch Unrein injuries have Bucs scouring waiver wire again

Worthy is the second defensive tackle to be added to the Bucs roster in as many days with Vita Vea and Mitch Unrein still out with injuries
Bucs DT Vita Vea's calf injury had him in a boot Tuesday, but it wasn't as severe as originally feared by the team.
(GREG AUMAN | Times)
Bucs DT Vita Vea's calf injury had him in a boot Tuesday, but it wasn't as severe as originally feared by the team. (GREG AUMAN | Times)
Published Aug. 20, 2018

TAMPA — The Bucs continued to address their mounting injuries on defense by signing fifth-year defensive tackle Jerel Worthy.

Rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea, the team's first round pick from Washington, hasn't played since suffering a calf strain the first week of training camp.  Bears free agent defensive tackle Mitch Unrein also has been out with an injury for several weeks.

To make room for Worthy, the team waived injured linebacker Shaheed Salmon.

On Sunday, the Bucs claimed defensive tackle Adam Reth off waivers from the Eagles.

Worthy played five games for the Bills last season. He was a second-round pick of the Packers in 2012. The All American from Michigan State has spent time with the Patriots, Chiefs and Lions. He has 2.5 career sacks which he recorded during his rookie season.

This time of year, it's hard to find players who have experience or have been in a training camp recently, and  Worthy meets that requirement.

The Bucs had to use defensive end William Gholston at defensive tackle in Saturday's 30-14 win at Tennessee.

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud

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