Chris Owusu is rejoining the team's receiving corps in a promotion from the practice squad but tight end Nate Byham is being moved to the injured reserve list, ending his season. Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, signed as an unrestricted free agent in March, was released on Tuesday; that move, along with the waiver of safety Ahmad Black, cleared two spots on the 53-man roster, neither of which has to be filled immediately with the team on its bye week. The Bucs also have two open spots on the eight-man practice squad after the promotion of Owusu and Tuesday's release of WR
Owusu (6-2, 200) was part of the Buccaneers' receiving corps at the end of 2012. A rookie last year who was signed off San Diego's practice squad in mid-September, he was a game-day inactive for much of the season but did see action in five games, recording one 24-yard reception. This summer, Owusu played in the preseason opener and had two catches for 48 yards but missed the remainder of the August slate with a minor injury.
Owusu first signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford before ending up on San Diego's practice squad. At Stanford, he caught 102 passes for 1,534 yards and 10 touchdowns and was also a weapon as a kickoff returner, scoring three times and averaging 27.3 yards per attempt, the second-highest mark in school history.
Black was a fifth-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2011. He began his rookie season on the practice squad but earned a September promotion and subsequently played in four games in 2011 and all 16 last year, with one start. The former Florida Gator also played in the first four games of 2013, starting two when the team opened in extra-DB packages against New Orleans and New England. He had 11 tackles and one stop on special teams before his release.
Ogletree joined the Buccaneers in March after four seasons in Dallas. He played in the first four games of the season, with one start in a three-receiver package, and contributed eight catches for 70 yards and one touchdown.
Byham is the second Buccaneer tight end to land on injured reserve in the past two weeks, as a knee injury sustained against Arizona has ended his season. He follows Luke Stocker (hip) to I.R., leaving the Bucs with only Tom Crabtree and rookie Tim Wright at the tight end position. Crabtree has also missed the first four games of the season due to a high ankle sprain suffered during the preseason, but he is hopeful that he can return to action after the bye week. Byham had inherited a starting role with Crabtree and Stocker sidelined, and had pitched in with three catches for 38 yards.