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Sweezy, Murphy Moved to Reserve/PUP

Guard J.R. Sweezy and WR Louis Murphy will be eligible to return to the active roster in Week Seven after being put on the reserve/PUP list to make room for two returning players.

The Buccaneers' 53-Man roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their roster down to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players with a pair of moves on Tuesday morning, then immediately tweaked that list on Tuesday afternoon.

Linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Kimario McFadden, two players waived on Sunday as that cutdown process began, were re-signed and will suit up against the Washington Redskins on Wednesday night. To make room for George and McFadden on the 75-man roster, the Buccaneers moved wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy to the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list.

Both Murphy and Sweezy were placed on the active/PUP list at the start of training camp and neither has since returned to the practice field. Placing the players on that list gave the Buccaneers the option to later move them to reserve/PUP, where they do not count against the 75-man limit (or later the 53-man regular-season cap).

As a result, neither player will be eligible to take part in a game until Week Seven, when the Buccaneers take on the San Francisco 49ers. By that point, Tampa Bay will have played five games and will be coming off their Week Six bye.

For practical purposes, Murphy and Sweezy may not actually return to the field until Week Eight or Nine. They can begin practicing with the team in the week leading up to the 49ers game, starting a 21-day window in which they can practice without counting against the roster limit. At or before the end of that three-week period, they can either be added to the active roster, released or placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Both George and McFadden played in each of the Buccaneers' first three preseason games, with the latter recording one solo tackle. George played in 15 games during the 2015 season, primarily on special teams, and contributed six kick-coverage stops. McFadden was with the team for the final eight weeks of the season, splitting time between the active roster and the practice squad and recording two special teams tackles.

Murphy, an eighth-year veteran, has played in 88 NFL games with 28 starts, including 17 and four as a Buccaneer during the 2014-15 seasons. He caught 41 passes for 578 yards and two touchdowns in that span, including 10 for 198 yards last year before suffering a season-ending injury in a Week Seven game at Washington. The Buccaneers signed Sweezy in March as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks, intending to slot him at left guard to replace the retired Logan Mankins. Sweezy has not yet practiced with the Buccaneers, however, after undergoing an unspecified procedure in the offseason.

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