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The Bucs tweak their practice squad once again to deal with current injuries, signing WR Darryl Daniel to the five-man unit


WR Darryl Daniel has previously spent time on practice squads in Minnesota and Carolina

After a year-long flirtation with the Carolina Panthers, Darryl Daniel has resumed his tour of the NFC Central.

Daniel, a 5-11, 190-pound receiver out of Syracuse, was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad on Wednesday, making Tampa Bay his third stop in the 'Black-and-Blue' division.

To make room for Daniel on that five-man unit, the Bucs released rookie linebacker Byron Thweatt. Originally an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay out of Virginia, Thweatt had been signed to the Bucs' practice squad just a week earlier.

Daniel also entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, starting out in Detroit's training camp in 1999. Though he did not make the Lions' roster as a rookie, he was added to the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad late that season.

The following spring, Daniel was allocated to the NFL Europe for the 2000 season by the Vikings. He caught 16 passes for 258 yards with the Amsterdam Admirals and displayed enough potential to make it to the final roster cut with the Vikings. After being released by Minnesota, he immediately signed with the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.

Last season, Daniel was twice released from the Panthers' practice squad only to be re-signed two weeks later each time. At the conclusion of the season, he signed once more with Carolina and went to the Panthers' 2001 training camp, eventually regaining a spot on the practice squad for the first month of the season.

The timing of Daniel's signing is not likely a coincidence, given that the Bucs will be without starting receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Jacquez Green for most of the week's practices. Both Johnson (hip) and Green (groin) are listed as questionable on the team's first injury report of the week and will spend most of their preparation time trying to recover in time for Sunday's home game against Minnesota.

Daniel will practice with the team on Wednesday, wearing jersey number 82.

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