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Buccaneers Promote LB Josh Keyes

Tampa Bay filled its empty roster spot on Saturday by signing rookie LB Josh Keyes off the practice squad, one day before the team takes on the Eagles in Philadelphia.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent most of the NFL's Week 11 one man short on their active roster, but they'll be at full strength when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. On Saturday, upon arriving in Philadelphia, the Buccaneers announced that they had promoted rookie linebacker Josh Keyes from the practice squad.

Tampa Bay had been operating with an open spot on the 53-man roster since a round of early-week roster moves that included the release of linebacker Orie Lemon and D.J. Swearinger and the re-signing of defensive end Lawrence Sidbury.

Keyes (6-2,223) is returning to the Buccaneers after spending training camp with the team. He played in all four of Tampa Bay's preseason games, recording eight tackles, two tackles for losses, a forced fumble and three special teams tackles before being waived on September 5th. He was re-signed to the Bucs' practice squad on September 8th and waived again on September 25th.  

Keyes' biggest contributions this Sunday will likely come on special teams. 

During his four seasons at Boston College, Keyes recorded 121 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He posted career-highs in tackles, tackles for losses and sacks during his senior season, earning third-team All-ACC honors along the way.

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