An injury on the practice field Tuesday led to a trio of roster moves for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, all related to the wide receiver position.
Wideout Donteea Dye was hurt during Tuesday's practice and has been placed on injured reserve, bringing his season to an end. The Bucs filled the resulting opening on the active roster and the fifth spot on the receiving corps by promoting first-year wide receiver Bernard Reedy from the practice squad. And, to keep the overall numbers at wideout the same, the team signed former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to the practice squad, replacing Reedy.
The 5-9, 175-pound Reedy went to training camp with the Buccaneers this summer, earning the nickname "Speedy" Reedy while playing in all four preseason games. The former Toledo standout caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown in the preseason and also averaged 13.2 yards on six punt returns and 20.3 yards on three kickoff returns.
Reedy was waived/injured prior to the start of the regular season but returned to the team on December 6 when he was signed to the practice squad. He spent the entire offseason with the team and also has experience in Head Coach Dirk Koetter's offense from his 2014 season spent on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad.
Dye also went to camp with the Buccaneers this year after playing in 10 games with five starts last year as an undrafted free agent out of Heidelberg. Dye caught 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown as a rookie but had appeared in just one game this year without notching a reception.
Ings (5-10, 180) played high school football in Lithonia, Georgia but did not play in college. He first tried out professionally for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 2011 and later returned to the game with the Dodge City Law of the CPIFL. In 2015, an Arena League tryout led to placement with the Storm, where he played for two seasons. Ings also spent two weeks on the Detroit Lions' practice squad in September of 2015.