TAMPA — In a move to try an plug the gaping hole in defense, the Buccaneers have signed safety Dominique Harris off of the Buffalo Bills practice squad. Harris is replacing safety Vince Anderson, who was waived to make room on the roster. Harris spent all previous fifteen weeks on the Bills practice squad after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent. Anderson also was just recently called up after having spent the first 12 weeks on the practice squad. Harris played his college ball at Temple, where in 44 career games he managed 9 INTs and 277 tackles. He was named team captain in 2008 and 2009. Harris is comparable to Cody Grimm, who’s season-ending injury against the Ravens prompted all this movement, in that he plays good close to the line. But with absolutely no NFL experience, the 6″2, 215lbs rookie may have a difficult time making the leap from the practice squad to a live game. Cody Lynch is expected to remain the starter.
The Bucs made another roster move waiving backup center Donovan Raiola and promoting tight end Nathan Overbay from the practice squad. Raiola, who is the younger brother of Domonic Raiola who played in Tampa last week as a member of the Lions, played in his only game of the season last week. Although the Buccaneers aren’t officially giving up on the season, they are taking advantage of the opportunity to test out the bottom half of the roster to see who will and who won’t fit here next year. But the chances are, with the way injuries have crippled the Bucs, don’t be surprised if either Raiola or Anderson return to the Bucs.