The Buccaneers re-signed fullback Spencer Larsen, who has come and gone several times in the last two months. To make room on the 53-man roster, the team waived second-year tight end Danny Noble. Noble had been promoted from the practice squad last Saturday and he was active for Sunday's game in New England but did not see any action.
Tampa Bay also signed rookie wide receiver Dan Buckner to the practice squad, filling the spot that was open spot created over the weekend by Noble’s promotion. The 6-4, 215-pound Buckner entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals this past spring, having played his final two years of collegiate ball at the University of Arizona. As a senior, he caught 61 passes for 773 yards and five touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Larsen first joined the Buccaneers in July on the third day of the team's training camp. He started the team's preseason opener against Baltimore on September 8 but then did not see action in the next two games due to a minor injury. Larsen was waived on August 26 during Tampa Bay's roster cutdown to 75 players. Before arriving in Tampa, Larsen has spent four seasons with the Denver Broncos (2008-11) and one on injured reserve with the New England Patriots (2012).
On September 10, the Buccaneers re-signed Larsen after playing the season opener against the New York Jets without any healthy fullbacks. However, Larsen was released on September 14 in order to create room for the promotion of cornerback
The 6-2, 245-pound Larsen originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2008. He made an interesting bit of history as a rookie, starting a game against the Atlanta Falcons at both fullback and middle linebacker. That made Larsen the first Bronco ever to start on both sides of the ball and the first NFL player since Orlando Brown in 2003 to pull off that feat. Primarily a linebacker in college at Arizona, he was a reserve at both spots in 2009 before concentrating on fullback for the next two years. His career NFL totals include 17 carries for 62 yards and 14 receptions for another 127 yards, as well as 38 tackles on defense.
Tampa Bay's tight end corps has gone from five players to three in the last two days, which may indicate that 2013 free agency addition