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Bucs long snapper Zach Triner joins Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve

Former Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker has been signed to replace Triner.
Zach Triner (97), the Bucs long snapper since the start of the 2019 season, was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn finger tendon.
Zach Triner (97), the Bucs long snapper since the start of the 2019 season, was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn finger tendon. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Sep. 13
Updated Sep. 13

As expected, the Bucs have placed cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve, where he’ll be joined by long snapper Zach Triner.

The team formally announced the moves Monday, four days after Murphy-Bunting dislocated his elbow during a first-quarter Cowboys touchdown catch Thursday. Triner, the long snapper since the start of the 2019 season, tore his finger tendon early in the season opener, but never exited.

Former Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker, who spent four full seasons (2013-16) handling the job in Jacksonville before his career was de-railed by knee injuries, was signed and added to the Bucs’ active roster.

Murphy-Bunting’s active roster spot will be filled by veteran safety Andrew Adams, an 11th-hour practice-squad signee who was elevated for the Cowboys game and played 11 snaps. The return of Adams, and expected return of starting safety Jordan Whitehead from a hamstring ailment, enables veteran Ross Cockrell — a secondary hybrid of sorts — to fill the void at cornerback.

With Adams’ promotion, both the Bucs’ practice squad elevations for Thursday’s opener have been moved to the active roster. Return specialist Jaydon Mickens was promoted Saturday.

The Bucs further added safety depth Monday by signing veteran Pierre Desir and safety Chris Cooper to the practice squad. Cooper, who made the Bucs’ final 53-man roster, was declared inactive for the opener and waived the next day.

Desir, a 31-year-old Haiti native who played at Division II Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., has appeared in 73 career games with five teams over parts of six seasons. He has eight career interceptions, 42 passes defensed and 259 tackles.

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