The Buccaneers plucked Lansanah directly off the Jets' practice squad, a method they have used on several other occasions this year. Guard
The need for another linebacker arose after Casillas suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game at Carolina, an ailment that Head Coach Greg Schiano said on Monday was likely to require surgery. Indeed, on Wednesday Casillas became the 14th Buccaneer to land on injured reserve in 2013. Casillas' first season as a Buccaneer concludes with 12 games played, four starts, 24 tackles, one tackle for loss, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and nine additional stops on special teams. Through 12 games, Casillas is the Bucs' leading tackler in kick coverage.
The addition of the 6-1, 255-pound Lansanah keeps the Bucs' linebacking corps six players strong. Either
The Dolphins finally got their crack at Lansanah the following September when he was waived by Green Bay in the final roster cuts and signed to Miami's practice squad. He spent roughly one month each that season on the practice squads in Miami and Detroit but did not finish the season on an NFL roster, nor did he sign with another NFL team in 2010. Instead, Lansanah continued his playing career in the United Football League (UFL), first with the Hartford Colonials in 2010 and then with the Las Vegas Locomotives in 2011-12.
Finally, the Jets called in January of 2013 and gave Lansanah another shot at the NFL. He again played well during the preseason and earned a spot on the practice squad. After a brief promotion to the active roster in September – he was on the roster but inactive for the Buccaneers-Jets game in Week One – he returned to the practice squad and stayed there until the Buccaneers' call this week.
At Connecticut, Lansanah started for three seasons, two on the strong side and one in the middle, and finished with 323 tackles and 10 interceptions. While with the Packers in 2008 he was mostly used at strongside linebacker. He will wear number 51 for the Buccaneers.