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The Buccaneers had two open spots on the 53-man roster after Trueblood and safety
The 6-6, 300-pound Hardman saw his most extensive playing time as a rookie in 2010, when he helped the team in a similar situation after a rash of injuries. He had joined the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky and spent the first half of the season on the practice squad before earning a promotion in October. When Pro Bowl guard
Hardman returned to a reserve role in 2011 but remained on the active roster throughout the entire campaign. He went to training camp with the Buccaneers again this summer and played in all four preseason games, with one start. Hardman was initially retained through the roster cutdown to 53, but was then waived in the middle of the first regular-season week when the team signed cornerback Brandon McDonald. Hardman returned to the roster a week later but was on the team for only one game, during which he was inactive.
The versatile Hardman, who played tackle at Eastern Kentucky, could help the Bucs' offensive line depth in several ways. The team has already adjusted to the losses of both Joseph and fellow Pro Bowl guard
Holland, who was on the Bucs' practice squad in Week 11, has also spent time in San Francisco and Miami this season. The undrafted rookie linebacker played his college ball at Purdue, where he racked up 325 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Borel also joined the Buccaneers' practice squad in Week 11.