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Bucs Promote Ogunbowale, Re-Sign Minter as Two Land on IR

The Bucs have signed RB Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad and brought back LB Kevin Minter while place G Evan Smith and RB Shaun Wilson on injured reserve


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't stop with a change at kicker in Week 11, conducting a number of additional roster moves as Week 11 began.

The Buccaneers began by officially sending to the league office their signing of kicker Cairo Santos, a move announced on Monday evening a few hours after former kicker Chandler Catanzaro was waived. The team then promoted running back Dare Ogunbowale from its own practice squad and re-signing linebacker Kevin Minter, who was also on the roster in Week Eight.

The Buccaneers created the two spots needed to sign Ogunbowale and Minter by placing veteran guard Evan Smith and rookie running back Shaun Wilson on injured reserve. Smith had missed the previous two games with a hip injury and Wilson sustained a left shoulder injury in Sunday's game against Washington. Ogunbowale's promotion also opened a spot on the practice squad, which the team filled by signing rookie running back Ralph Webb, a former Vanderbilt standout.

The 5-11, 205-pound Ogunbowale, who played his college ball at Wisconsin, signed with the Buccaneers a week into training camp this summer and played in all four preseason contests, running 21 times for 55 yards. He also caught six passes for 69 yards, returned five kickoffs for 103 yards and recorded one tackle on special teams. He could be a candidate to return kickoffs with Wilson done for the season.

Minter (6-0, 246) signed with the Buccaneers on October 23 after starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander was placed on injured reserve. Minter was on the roster for the team's Week Eight game at Cincinnati and he appeared on special teams but was released on October 30. He previously played four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals (2013-16) after arriving as a second-round draft pick out of LSU, then spent the 2017 season in Cincinnati. In all he has played in 71 regular-season games with 44 starts, recording 257 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 16 quarterback hits, four passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Webb signed with the New England Patriots this past spring as an undrafted rookie and opened the season on New England's practice squad before being released on October 8. At Vanderbilt, he ran for 4,178 yards and 32 touchdowns over four seasons, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He also caught 68 passes for 572 yards and three more scores.

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