Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Nate Byham (82) catches the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lose More Depth at Tight End as Nate Byham Is Placed on Injured Reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced even more bad news for their anemic offense on Tuesday when they informed the public that Nate Byham would be placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season. Byham was one of only two tight ends active for the Bucs on Sunday against Arizona.


That leaves Tim Wright as the only fully healthy tight end on the roster for the Bucs as Tom Crabtree continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. The Buccaneers will almost certainly need to add another tight end, as Byham was the best blocking tight end they had.

At this point we’re not sure who the Bucs will add to the roster, as Danny Noble would seem to make the most sense as he is familiar with the team, but he may not be the blocker the team would like. Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe, Jake Ballard and Randy McMichael are all veteran options who are currently without a team, but there are talent and health questions for all of them.

The Buccaneers currently have two open roster spots, although there is speculation one will be used to bring back wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. No other roster moves have been announced.

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