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BUCCANEERS ELEVATE DZANSI AND LAIRD

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today elevated offensive lineman Silas Dzansi (JAN-zee) and running back Patrick Laird from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup against Detroit.

Dzansi (6-5, 335) has spent the entire 2023 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers on May 12, 2023. He played collegiately at Virginia Tech, starting 34-of-49 games across five seasons (2018-22). The Woodbridge, Virginia, native started 18 games across his final two seasons with the Hokies, contributing to an offensive line that generated 180 rushing yards per game. He wears No. 61 for Tampa Bay.

Laird (6-0, 205) has spent the last two seasons on Tampa Bay's practice squad after a three-year stint with the Miami Dolphins (2019-21), where he appeared in 37 games, with four starts, and logged 76 rushes for 244 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he added 36 receptions for 289 yards in the passing game. The San Luis Obispo, California, native and University of California, Berkeley product, entered the league as a college free agent with the Dolphins in 2019. He wears No. 25 for Tampa Bay.

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