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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today placed outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett on Injured Reserve. In addition, the Buccaneers signed wide receiver Tyler Johnson and defensive back Ryan Smith to the team’s practice squad.
Barrett started all eight games for Tampa Bay this season, recording 31 tackles (six for loss), six quarterback hits, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
Johnson (6-1, 206) returns to Tampa Bay after spending the first seven weeks of the 2022 season with the Houston Texans, appearing in two games. He originally entered the league as a fifth-round pick (No. 161 overall) by the Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL Draft. In two seasons with Tampa Bay, Johnson amassed 48 receptions for 529 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, Johnson appeared in six playoff games with the Buccaneers, including one start, recording seven receptions for 76 yards. The Minneapolis native played collegiately at Minnesota.
Smith (5-11, 189) spent his first five NFL seasons with Tampa Bay (2016-20) prior to signing with the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2021 offseason. Smith also spent time this season on the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad from September 27 to October 25. The veteran defensive back has played in 77 career games, including 17 starts, tallying 100 career tackles, 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He has also played a significant role on special teams, notching 22 tackles over his career. The Upper Marlboro, Maryland, native played collegiately at North Carolina Central.
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