December 16, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Danny Gorrer (36) and middle linebacker Mason Foster (59) are unable to come up with a deflected pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Gorrer Placed on IR (Designated for Return), Buccaneers Re-Sign Gary Gibson

The 53-man roster for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took another set of twists and turns today as the Buccaneers placed cornerback Danny Gorrer on the injured reserve, but marked him as “designated for return.” That means he’ll be able to return after an eight-week stay on the IR, and won’t be able to practice for six weeks.

This is a new rule in the NFL, which will definitely benefit the Buccaneers this season. Gorrer figured to miss 4-6 weeks, plus time getting “back up to game speed.” This designation on the IR means he can be replaced on the roster in the meantime, which opened up the door for an old friend to rejoin the team.

Gibson was let go in the final cutdowns, but was not signed by any other teams, and the Buccaneers have brought him back to add more depth to the defensive line. The Buccaneers now have 11 defensive linemen on the roster, which might be a bit excessive, but there is certainly still room for adjustments as the season rolls on.

Adding Gibson back knowing that Gorrer won’t return for 8 weeks means young defensive tackle Chris Jones has that period of time to prove himself worthy of a roster spot, because someone has to go when Gorrer is set to return. And while plenty of things will change between now and then, a fifth defensive tackle would be a likely cut in the event that a defensive back needed to be added back to the roster.

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