Bucs add offensive line help on a weekend they’ll need it

AP

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.

With two starters ailing, the Bucs brought back free agent Derek Hardman Friday, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

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.

The Bucs have to deal with a Giants pass-rush that was largely ineffective in the opener, though no one thinks Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora are going to stay quiet for long.

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.