The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one more preseason game before they have to reduce their roster to 53 players, but circumstances created by the previous game led to a couple early changes.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers placed rookie wide receiver Sergio Bailey on injured reserve and waived first-year WR Jake Lampman with an injury designation. Bailey suffered an ankle injury during warm-ups prior to Friday night's game against the Detroit Lions; Lampman played in the game but apparently suffered an unspecified injury during the evening.
The Buccaneers had already placed veteran running back on Charles Sims on injured reserve on Thursday, which means they currently have three open spots on the 90-man preseason roster. While those cuts for the regular season are only a week away, the team could choose to push the roster back to its limit in the coming days in order to have more participants in the final preseason contest. The Buccaneers finish their warm-up slate next Thursday at home against Jacksonville, in a game that will be played almost exclusively by reserves on both sides.
Both Bailey and Lampman had turned in some promising moments during training camp and in the first two preseason games. Bailey ranked third on the team with five catches for 73 yards, including a touchdown reception against Tennessee in Week Two. Lampman had two receptions for 22 yards.
The Buccaneers signed Bailey as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan this past May. Lampman spent time on Tampa Bay's practice squad last fall and was re-signed to a reserve/futures contract in January.