Wednesday Update - 7/21

The Bucs have signed WR Bill Schroeder. In addition, G Matt O'Dwyer suffered an injury while lifting weights recently. Earlier, The Bucs released DT Darrell Russell and also waived T Chris Ziemann from NFL Europe's injured reserve list. They also signed CB Will Hunter to the roster.

Schroeder (6-3, 200), who played for Detroit in 2002 and 2003, began his career as a sixth-round draft pick by Green Bay in 1994. He made his NFL debut with the Packers in 1997 and played in 74 games with 50 starts in five seasons from 1997-2001. For his career, Schroeder has notched 297 catches for 4,427 yards (14.9 avg.) with 27 touchdowns in 104 career games. He tallied 72 receptions and seven touchdowns while seeing action in 30 games over the last two seasons with the Lions. His best season occurred in 1999, when he reeled in 74 passes for 1,051 yards with five TDs.

The team also announced that G Matt O'Dwyer suffered an injury while lifting weights recently. O'Dwyer, who sustained a left pectoral tear, is expected to miss all of training camp and his status for the 2004 regular season is uncertain after he underwent surgery.
"I am very disappointed that this happened, but I am going to do all that I can to get back as quickly as possible," said O'Dwyer.
"This is an unfortunate injury for Matt, but we feel we have sufficient depth on our roster at this time," said Buccaneers General Manager Bruce Allen. "We are looking forward to the start of training camp and some great competition at all positions on our club."
O'Dwyer, who is entering his 10th year in the league, signed with Tampa Bay on March 9 after spending the last five seasons (1999-2003) with Cincinnati.

Russell was signed by the team on March 30. Ziemann, who signed with the Buccaneers on February 13, played with NFL Europe's Rhein Fire this spring.

Hunter, a first-year cornerback, spent this past spring playing for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He earned All-NFL Europe League honors on the league's top-ranked defense by posting 32 tackles and 11 passes defensed.
Hunter originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2003. He played collegiately at Syracuse where he totaled 150 tackles, three interceptions, six sacks and four fumble recoveries in four seasons.


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