Bucs Re-Sign DE Warner, Place DE Smith On IR

November 28 – The Buccaneers re-signed defensive end Ron Warner to a one-year contract on Thursday morning. In order to make room for Warner on its 53-man roster, the Pewter Pirates placed DE Corey Smith on injured reserve. In other news, Bucs defensive tackle Anthony McFarland was downgraded to doubtful while wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was upgraded to probable for Sunday night's game.

Tampa Bay re-signed second-year defensive end Ron Warner to a one-year contract on Thursday morning.

Warner (6-foot-2, 248-pounds) spent last year on the Buccaneers' practice squad and went through training camp and preseason with the Bucs this season before he was suspended by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on September 1. While neither the team nor the NFL made reason(s) for his suspension public, it was believed to be an illegal substance abuse violation.

Warner's roster spot was exempted while he served his four-game suspension, but the Bucs released Warner the same week he was reinstated. Warner, who recorded two sacks in preseason, will sport jersey No. 95.

In order to make room for Warner on its 53-man roster, the Bucs placed DE Corey Smith on injured reserve. Smith suffered a knee sprain on Nov. 14 and had not practiced or played since.

INJURY UPDATE:
Although he practiced Thursday, Tampa Bay defensive tackle Anthony McFarland was downgraded to doubtful for the team's game against New Orleans Sunday night, which means there's a strong chance he won't play.

McFarland fractured his forearm against Carolina on October 27 and has missed three games since. The team will have a better feel for McFarland's status after they go through Friday morning's practice at One Buccaneer Place.

But the team received some good news when wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was upgraded to probable for Sunday night's game. Johnson has been nursing sore ribs for a few weeks, but is expected to play against the Saints.

PewterReport.com will post the updated Bucs-Saints injury report on Friday afternoon.


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