The Bucs re-signed receiver Charles Lee Tuesday, their first effort to account for the loss of Joe Jurevicius.
To make room for Lee, the Bucs
released tight end Daniel Wilcox.
Lee, who had an outstanding
training camp for the Bucs, will give the Bucs five healthy receivers with
Jurevicius expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a torn medial collateral ligament in
his right knee.
Jurevicius, who had two remarkable touchdown
receptions in the Bucs 17-0 win at Philadelphia, was injured in Tampa Bay's 12-0
overtime loss to Carolina.
The Bucs will turn to Karl Williams
and Reggie Barlow to fill the third receiver spot left by
At 6-foot-3, 227-pounds, Lee will help the Bucs
recover some size lost by the injury to Jurevicius.
Lee led the
Bucs in receiving in the preseason with 10 catches for 136 yards and a
touchdown. But he failed to catch the ball cleanly on several occassions and
dropped several potential touchdowns. He was released on the final cutdown Aug.
--QB Jim Miller, who was on the Bucs' Physically Unable to
Perform list, was released Tuesday. The Bucs do not believe Miller will return
from surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff in time to play this
--WR Karl Williams is the most obvious choice to step
into Joe Jurevicius' role as the Bucs No. 3 receiver. In fact, he made a 43-yard
catch that led to the game-tying touchdown in Sunday's 12-9 overtime loss to
--WR Reggie Barlow could begin to see some time as the
Bucs punt or kickoff returner. With Karl Williams expected to be used more on
offense due to the injury to Joe Jurevicius, Barlow is a likely candidate to
improve the Bucs return game.
--OG Kerry Jenkins could regain
his starting job at left guard for Sunday's game at Atlanta. The Bucs were not
pleased with the play of Cosey Coleman, who was switched from right to left
guard at the start of the season.
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