NFC South: Steve Cargile
The Buccaneers will be without receiver Antonio Bryant on Sunday in Buffalo.
Bryant, who’s been dealing with a knee injury, did not travel with the team to Buffalo, the Bucs announced Saturday evening. That means rookie Sammie Stroughter, Maurice Stovall or Brian Clark will start opposite Michael Clayton.
The Bucs also made a couple of other roster moves. They placed cornerback E.J. Biggers on the injured-reserve list and signed safety Steve Cargile.
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
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers signed a veteran safety Wednesday, but it's not the type of move that's going to solve all of their problems.
They brought in Steve Cargile, who's been bouncing around the league since 2004. Cargile has appeared in 15 career games with Denver and spent the 2006 preseason with the Bucs.
His signing comes a day after the Bucs revealed that starting safety Tanard Jackson will be suspended for the first four games. Cargile isn't an immediate favorite to take over Jackson's job, but he gives the Bucs someone with a bit of experience.
Jackson still ran with the first team through most of Wednesday afternoon's practice. The most obvious solution is to plug veteran Will Allen into the starting spot, but Allen is banged up right now. Allen should be ready for the regular season.
The Bucs still aren't ruling out the possibility of using linebacker Jermaine Phillips at safety, where he spent his career before moving this offseason. But that doesn't seem to be the main priority right now. The Bucs went through practice with Phillips getting most of the work with the first team at weakside linebacker, but did get a bit of work at safety.
Phillips' background is at strong safety, which is the same spot Sabby Piscitelli is in. But Phillips said he wouldn't have any trouble playing free safety if the Bucs asked.
"Safety is safety,'' Phillips said.
The Bucs also made a few other roster moves Wednesday. They released safety C.J. Byrd and waived receiver Joel Filani with an injury settlement. They also released cornerback Mike Hawkins, who hadn't even joined the team yet. Hawkins had been claimed off waivers from Dallas earlier Wednesday.