On Tuesday, the Buccaneers placed Melvin on injured reserve due to that hamstring ailment. It was a sudden and unwelcome reversal of fortune for the talented rookie, who seemed to be on the verge of returning from a preseason injury only to have a setback on the practice field last week. Melvin had played in all four of Tampa Bay's preseason game but was either inactive or did not play in the first five games of the regular season due to his injury.
The 6-2, 193-pound Melvin played in 41 games with 14 starts over four seasons at Northern Illinois. He was a first-team All-Mid Atlantic Conference selection as a senior in 2012 after setting a school record with 17 passes defensed. Originally a walk-on who later earned a scholarship, Melvin finished his collegiate career with 172 tackles, five interceptions and 35 passes defensed.