TAMPA — The Bucs defense will be missing more than Jason Pierre-Paul when training camp begins with the first workout Friday.
The team announced that safety Justin Evans, linebacker Jack Cichy, outside linebacker David Kenney and receiver Xavier Obosi have been placed on the active Physically Unable to Perform list. In addition, rookie quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was placed on the active Non-Football Injury list.
Evans, a two-year starter, missed the final six games of 2018 with a turf toe injury that prevented him from participating in Organized Team Activities. Evans also suffered a heel injury on the other foot and finished the off-season in a walking boot.
Cichy is recovering from a knee injury. Nick Fitzgerald suffered a soft tissue injury that was unrelated to his participation in off-season practice.
The Bucs already are facing the liklihood of beginning the season without outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered a cervical fracture in his neck when his Ferrari crashed on I-95 near Hollywood, Fla., May 2.
Players on both the Active/PUP and Active/NFI lists can be activated and begin practicing at any point before the roster cutdown to 53 at the end of the preseason. However, they continue to count against the 90-man roster limit.
Evans, a second-round pick from Texas A&M in 2017, is a two-year starter. But he faces some tough competition from Mike Edwards, a third-round pick from Kentucky, second-year safety Jordan Whitehead and Kentrell Brice, a free agent.