TAMPA — As expected, the Bucs have activated opening-night starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting off injured reserve in time for tonight’s home game against the Giants.
Also activated is long-snapper Zach Triner, who, like Murphy-Bunting, has been sidelined (finger) since the Sept. 9 opener against the Cowboys. Whether Triner plays tonight is unclear; former Alabama long-snapper Carson Tinker remains on the roster.
Additionally, the team announced it’s again elevating veteran receiver Breshad Perriman from the practice squad. Scotty Miller, out the last six games with a turf-toe injury, has been practicing and appeared set to be activated from IR.
“Scotty, it’s just a matter of need, really, because we have enough receivers,” coach Bruce Arians said Saturday. “We have (Perriman) for another week. We’ll wait and see where that one goes, but (Miller) is ready.”
Murphy-Bunting, who dislocated his right elbow against Dallas, likely will have a limited role for an injury-depleted corner rotation. Yet his return still represents a boon to an ailing unit set to face a Giants offense returning to full strength.
Third-year Jamel Dean, NFL journeyman Pierre Desir and Dee Delaney are the only other traditional corners on the current roster.
“Sean has been out a long time, so we can’t overload him,” Arians said. “But there are spots if we can get him back in there, he can help us, for sure, and gradually get his role back.”
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