The Bucs were going to have a hard enough time with the Giants defensive line.
It doesn’t help they might not be at full strength.
Left guard Carl Nicks is nursing a sore big toe and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood is dealing with an ankle problem. Hardman was in camp with the Bucs until final cuts, and gives them a little depth on a weekend they can use it.
“They’ve got freaks of nature over there,’ Bucs left tackle Donald Penn said. “Pierre-Paul is a beast and I’ve got a double dose with a little bit of him and a little bit of Osi. It’s going to be a tough one, . . . a lot of hitting in the mouth.”
To make room for Hardman on the roster, the Bucs released defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry.