Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting linebacker Kendell Beckwith practiced for the first time this season. He may be the reinforcement the defensive unit needed.
Kendell Beckwith suited up for practice on Wednesday for the first time all season. The second-year linebacker is coming off a tremendous rookie campaign and is on track to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineup soon.
Greg Auman of The Athletic first reported the news on Tuesday.
Beckwith suffered an ankle injury in a car crash in April. He needed surgery to repair the damage. After six months of recovery, he is ready to resume football activities.
With Beckwith out for the first half of the season and Alexander out for the year with a torn ACL, the Bucs need reinforcements at the second level.
Tampa will bring him along slowly, but Beckwith’s appearance on the practice field is a good sign. He hasn’t been officially ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the Carolina Panthers, but it could be another week or two before he is on the field on Sunday.
Defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Vinny Curry were also spotted at practice on Wednesday.
Bucs make a trio of roster moves
The Buccaneers were busy on Tuesday as they shuffled their roster around with Beckwith’s pending return.
Tampa Bay released veteran linebacker Kevin Minter and promoted cornerback Javien Elliot to the 53-man roster.
Minter signed with the Bucs last week, and he made one tackle during last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, his former team.
Elliot has bounced around the 53-man roster and the practice squad. With nickel corner M.J. Stewart banged up this week, Elliot will provide depth and potentially get some snaps at nickel corner.
To fill Elliot’s spot on the practice squad, the Bucs brought back running back Dare Ogunbowale. He had a strong preseason and could be called upon if injuries hit the halfback unit.