Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Spence for IR

Tight end Blake Spence becomes the third Buccaneer to land on injured reserve in 2000

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TE Blake Spence had a very short game against his former team on Sunday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that TE Blake Spence has been placed on the team's injured reserve list. Spence suffered ligament damage in his right knee while covering the opening kickoff against the New York Jets last Sunday, an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Spence had played in three of the Bucs' first four games, recording two special teams tackles and playing sparingly as an extra tight end. He joined the team just over a month ago, when he was claimed off waivers from the Jets on August 22. He had spent his first two seasons in New York after being selected in the fifth round in the 1998 draft.

Tuesday's move was the first change to the Bucs' active roster since the regular season began on September 3. Tampa Bay now has three players on injured reserve, including tackle Jason Odom (back) and WR Chris Daniels (shoulder).

That maneuver opens a roster spot that the Buccaneers are likely to fill quickly. The Bucs had a few players in for tryouts on Tuesday, but that's a typical occurrence on any regular-season Tuesday, and none of those players were signed to the 53-man roster.

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