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Wilson Promoted, Wright to IR

Posted Dec 20, 2014

With S Major Wright headed to injured reserve with an injury to his ribs, the Bucs have promoted CB C.J. Wilson from the practice squad to the active roster for the second time in the last six weeks


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweaked their secondary on Saturday, a day before taking on MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's high-powered passing attack.

Veteran safety Major Wright, who has played only sparingly since Week 12 due to injuries to his shoulder and ribs, has been placed on injured reserve. The ribs injury had held him out of last weekend's game and the Buccaneers obviously did not expect him to be ready for the final eight days of the 2014 season.

Second-year cornerback C.J. Wilson will take Wright's spot on the active roster, getting a promotion from the practice squad for a second time this season. The Buccaneers first brought Wilson up on November 12 while starting cornerback Alterraun Verner was missing time due to a hamstring injury, but Wilson was inactive for two games before being released and subsequently re-signed to the practice squad.

S Major Wright played in 12 games and made 52 tackles for the Buccaneers but his season will end two weeks early

Wilson's latest promotion could be a reaction to the fact that Isaiah Frey, who has played frequently in nickel and dime packages since joining the team in Week Eight, is on this week's injury report with an ankle ailment. Frey did not practice on Friday and is considered questionable to play in Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Wilson first entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bear. The North Carolina State product split his rookie NFL season between the Bears' active roster and practice squad, appearing in two games.

Before the premature end to his season, Wright played in 12 games and made seven starts, contributing 52 tackles, two tackles for loss and one pass defensed. Obviously the Buccaneers shifted some of their secondary depth from safety to cornerback with Saturday's moves but they still have Keith Tandy to back up starters Dashon Goldson and Bradley McDougald.