Buccaneers Sign Former Cardinals Starter for Packers Game

Deone Bucannon

Getty Then-Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon upends Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn in the 2016 Divisional Round.

Tampa Bay added a player who competed for Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians in their Arizona Cardinals days, including a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

The Bucs signed former Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon on Tuesday from the practice squad according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman on Twitter ahead of this weekend’s NFC Championship Game at Green Bay. Bucannon will replace linebacker Jack Cichy, who broke his arm against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday.

Auman also reported that the Bucs signed guard Nick Leverett for the practice squad and designated running back Kenjon Barner to return from injured reserve. The Bucs have seen injuries or illness at both position groups in the past two weeks.

Bucannon gives the Bucs depth at linebacker, which has seen COVID-19 or injury issues of late besides Cichy according to Buccaneers.com Scott Smith. Kevin Minter sat on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Saints game, and Devin White missed two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list before shining against the Saints. White came up big at New Orleans with 11 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

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