The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed a pair of players on the physically unable to perform list as they trimmed their roster down to 75 players.
The Buccaneers placed wide receiver Louis Murphy and offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy on the PUP list Tuesday, which means both players will miss the first six weeks of the regular season. The Buccaneers also re-signed linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Kimario McFadden.
Murphy is recovering from a knee injury that hampered him during his second season with the Bucs. Primarily a depth receiver, Murphy caught 10 passes for 198 yards in six games with Tampa Bay.
Sweezy has missed all of training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. He signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the Buccaneers last March and was expected to help solidify an improving offensive line.
Tampa Bay possesses a solid one-two punch at wide receiver with emerging weapon Mike Evans and regressing but somewhat reliable veteran Vincent Jackson. There are myriad questions outside of those two on the depth chart. Kenny Bell and Adam Humphries are the primary players who might get snaps on passing downs.
Third-year pro Kevin Pamphile is listed as the current starter at left guard, according to Ourlads.com. Pamphile played in all 16 games during his second season, starting two contests.
The Buccaneers have a nucleus of young starts to build their offense around. Quarterback Jameis Winston, running back Doug Martin and Evans could be the focal points of a potentially explosive offense. But a lack of depth and continuity along the offensive line could restrain the unit’s potential.