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Bucs get Louis Murphy back, sign a running back

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23:  Receiver Louis Murphy #18 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (L) grabs safety Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears by the task mask as he runs after a catch during the NFL game on November 23, 2014 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 21-13. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Buccaneers got some new faces on offense when they returned to the practice field Monday.

The team announced that wide receiver Louis Murphy has opened his 21-day window to practice in hopes of being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Murphy has been out since suffering a knee injury last October against Washington, and hasn’t practiced in nearly a year. The veteran wideout can be activated any time in the next three weeks, or moved to injured reserve if he isn’t.

The Buccaneers also swapped out running backs, cutting Russell Hansbrough and signing veteran Antone Smith, who spent five years with the Bears last season, and was with coach Dirk Koetter in Atlanta from 2012-14.

They also signed four new guys to their practice squad: Wide receivers Donteea Dye and Freddie Martino, safety Trae Elston and tight end Tevin Westbrook. The 6-2, 200-pound wideout first signed with the Buccaneers in 2014.

 

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3 Responses to “Bucs get Louis Murphy back, sign a running back”
  1. johnodocks says: Oct 17, 2016 11:15 AM

    “Antone Smith, who spent five years with the Bears last season”

    I guess the writer is saying that spending last season with the Bears would seem like five years.

  2. newtoallthis23 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:05 PM

    “Antone Smith, who spent five years with the Bears last season”

    I guess the writer is saying that spending last season with the Bears would seem like five years.
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    Watching the Bears as a Bears fan last year is like 5 years off your life. This team resembles no team that I remember. At least when the had Marshall, Bennett, Forte, Cutler, and Jeffrey they were interesting. Just needed the right coach to coach that locker room. The McKaskey’s have always been cheap. They could easily go hire the best coach out there to coach this team but always go cheap, cheap, cheap. Thank goodness for a salary cap that requires them to spend. Sorry for the Bears tangent on a Bucs story…Been a Bucs fan since re-alignment.

  3. mattbilleauthor says: Oct 17, 2016 1:55 PM

    “signing veteran Antone Smith, who spent five years with the Bears last season, and ” – Well, it probably FELT like five years.

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