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Bucs DE Noah Spence is done for the season



Noah Spence was the best hope of developing into the kind of edge rusher the Bucs needed and now he will miss the remainder of the season with a recurring shoulder injury.

Spence, a second-round pick from Eastern Kentucky last season, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He had only one sack and one forced fumble in six games this season. Spence was plagued as a rookie by a shoulder injury that forced him to wear a harness and had off-season surgery. He finished with 5.5 sacks in 2016.

But the shoulder popped out again early in the year and he has been largely ineffective as a pass rusher.

The Bucs signed veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp following a workout on Tuesday. The team also announced the signing of cornerback Deji Olatoye, who opened this season on the Falcons roster and played seven games in Atlanta over the last two years.




[Last modified: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 11:42am]


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