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Bucs make roster cuts, put Tynes on injury list

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Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

TAMPA — Safety Cody Grimm and kickers Rian Lindell and Lawrence Tynes emerged as the prominent story lines Saturday as the Buccaneers reduced their active roster to the NFL's 53-man limit.

Lindell, a 13-year veteran signed Aug. 21 after his release from Buffalo, beat out Derek Dimke as Tampa Bay's kicker in 2013. The competition was likely decided in the final preseason game against Washington on Thursday night, when Lindell converted from 50 yards out, while Dimke missed a 45-yard field goal try and an extra-point attempt.

In 10 seasons with the Bills and three with the Seahawks, Lindell boasts an 81.3 percent success rate in field goal attempts, ranking 27th in all-time NFL accuracy, but he hasn't made a kick longer than 51 yards since 2009.

Tynes, battling a MRSA infection from his home in Kansas City, was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List (NFI). The Bucs confirmed Saturday they will pay Tynes his entire $840,000 base salary, although they are not obligated to do so.
 
Later Saturday, Tynes told FoxSports.com that he plans to file a grievance against the team, feeling he should have been placed on injured reserve instead.
 
“This whole thing is wrong,” Tynes told FoxSports.com. “My biggest emphasis is, I don't want this to happen to any current or future player. I'm going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players.''
 
Because of his NFI status, this will not count as an accrued season toward his retirement pension.



Besides placing Tynes on the NFI list, the Bucs waived or released 21 players, including Grimm, who started 12 games with Tampa Bay since being selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. The son of Hall of Fame guard Russ Grimm has been undermined by an array of injuries in his pro career, but he arrived in camp healthy this summer.

The Bucs, who open their regular season next Sunday on the road against the Jets, released defensive tackle Gary Gibson, guard Roger Allen and wide receiver Jordan Norwood. Gibson, a 7-year veteran, played all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season, including a start against Philadelphia.

Waived were Dimke, Grimm, wide receivers Chris Owusu and Danny Douglas, tight end Danny Noble, defensive tackles Andre Neblett, Matthew Masifilo and Lazarius Levingston, punter Chas Henry, tackles Jace Daniels and Mike Remmers, safety Sean Baker, cornerbacks Deveron Carr and Mason Robinson, long snapper Andrew DePaola, linebackers Dom DeCicco and Ka'lial Glaud and guard Cody Wallace.

When an ingrown toenail on his right kicking foot became infected last month, Tynes was treated with antibiotics until a culture revealed the presence of MRSA. Bucs guard Carl Nicks, who has remained in Tampa, is also being treated for MRSA, an aggressive and potentially dangerous staph infection resistant to common antibiotics.

Nicks remains on Tampa Bay's active roster.

Lindell, 36, and Tynes were signed after Connor Barth suffered an Achilles injury in July while participating in a charity basketball game. Tynes now joins Barth, who had developed into a dependable kicker from long distance, on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List.

All six of Tampa Bay's 2013 draft picks survived Saturday's cuts — cornerback Johnthan Banks, quarterback Mike Glennon, defensive tackle Akeem Spence, defensive ends William Gholston and Steven Means and running back Mike James.

It's a hard day,” said Bucs coach Greg Schiano. “This is a good group of people, and they've busted their rear ends for this organization. We work hard around here. Guys have pushed through pain and done things. It's the most competitive sports league in the world and 1,696 guys get to do it when it's all said and done, in the whole world. But that doesn't lessen the disappointment at all for these guys.''

There are currently 22 new players on Tampa Bay's active roster, including five who didn't join the Bucs until June or later — Lindell, running back Peyton Hillis, tackle Gabe Carimi, defensive end Trevor Scott and cornerback Michael Adams.

NFL clubs are allowed to set their eight-man practice squad rosters today.

“Today's a special day for some and really bad for others,'' Schiano said. “But at the end of the day, it's probably not as good as people think, and it's not as bad. These guys that are here are good football players and tough guys, so they'll probably resurface, a lot of them, somewhere else.”

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