NEW ORLEANS — Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith, who is available for this first time this season after year serving a four-game for a failed PED test, will be active for today’s road division game against the Saints.
During his suspension, Smith couldn’t participate in practice or even be in the team facility, but he impressed the Bucs new coaching staff during the preseason, adjusting well to Todd Bowles’ press coverage defense. Smith, a fourth-year player, also showed his ability to be a contributor on special teams.
With Smith’s return, third-round pick Jamel Dean will not be active. Dean had missed the past two games with an ankle injury but had returned to practice this week.
Rookie inside linebacker Devin White, a Louisiana native who played collegiately at LSU, will also return after a Week 2 knee injury.
Wide receiver Breshad Perriman (hamstring) and inside linebacker Jack Cichy (elbow) are both out with injuries.
Offensive tackle Demar Dotson didn’t practice in two of the team’s three practices this week, including Friday’s final session, but will dress.
The team’s healthy inactives are Dean, guard Zack Bailey, tackle Jerald Hawkins, defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor and tight end Tanner Hudson.
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