NFC South: Donte Nicholson
The Bucs have topped the rest of the division by getting their roster down to 52 players, one less than the league maximum. That’s because safety Tanard Jackson has been placed on the suspended list for the first four games of the season.
The Bucs released tackle Anthony Alabi, cornerback Kyle Arrington, defensive tackle Chris Bradwell, center Rob Bruggeman, defensive end Jarriett Buie, safety Steve Cargile, receiver Patrick Carter, defensive tackle Rashaad Duncan, defensive end Louis Holmes, running back Kareem Huggins, cornerback Darrell Hunter, tackle James Lee, tight end Jason Pocias, tight end Ryan Purvis, linebacker Bo Ruud and receiver Mario Urrutia. Safety Donte Nicholson was waived with an injury settlement.
Tackle Xavier Fulton was placed on the injured reserve list.
Kicker Matt Bryant, fullback Jameel Cook, receiver Cortez Hankton and receiver Marcus Maxwell had their contracts terminated.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
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|There is a chance Cadillac Williams could play for the Bucs this season.|
That doesn't settle the question of whether Williams will play in 2008 but, more importantly, it keeps Tampa Bay's options open.
Williams will have to sit out the first six weeks of the season. After that, a three-week window opens in which Williams can begin practicing. Although coach Jon Gruden has been raving about how Williams is progressing, it would have been rushing things to bring him back for the start of the season.
Williams suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 4 last season and that injury usually takes more than a year to fully heal. The extra time will give Williams between six and nine weeks to make more progress.
There's still a very real chance Williams will miss the entire season but the Bucs didn't want to make a decision like that now. The Bucs have plenty of other options at running back with Earnest Graham, Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett. But making this move with Williams keeps the option open for him to return in the middle of a playoff drive.
In other moves, the Bucs got their roster down to 75 players by releasing linebacker Antoine Cash, cornerback Sammy Davis, safety Donte Nicholson and receiver Paris Warren. Cash, Davis and Nicholson were waived as injured. If they clear waivers, they'll revert back to Tampa Bay's injured reserve list.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas.
Here's the last thing the Bucs wanted to hear as they get ready to report to training camp Friday. Safety Donte Nicholson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest Sunday.
Nicholson appeared in only one game last season and this incident makes it possible Nicholson could be released before the start of camp. The Bucs have a history of putting up with off-field problems for some higher-profile players, but they might not stick with a guy who has only a marginal chance of making the roster.