Roger Allen took Carl Nicks’ spot on the 53-man roster after the Buccaneers unhappily placed their Pro Bowl starting left guard on injured reserve Tuesday. Now Chris Scott has taken Allen’s old spot on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.
The 6-4, 319-pound Scott is a former fifth-round draft pick who was on the Steelers’ roster for most of the last two seasons and was most recently with the Packers. He was on Green Bay’s practice squad for the first half of this season before being released last Tuesday, but he didn’t have to wait long to find a new team.
The Buccaneers generally keep at least two offensive linemen on the practice squad, for fairly obvious reasons. With just eight linemen on the 53-man roster, the additional blockers on that eight-man crew give the team at least 10 to practice with – one full starting line and another full line to run the scout-team snaps. In addition to Scott, the Bucs also currently have rookie tackle Mike Remmers on the practice squad.
Scott, who played his college ball at Tennessee and was drafted by Pittsburgh, was the 151st player selected overall in 2010. He started his rookie season on the Steelers’ reserve/physically unable to perform list, then was activated on November 10. He remained on the 53-man roster the rest of the season, including Pittsburgh’s run to the Super Bowl, but was a game-day inactive each weekend. In 2011, he once again made the team, this team seeing action in two games before he was moved to the practice squad. Scott was waived during the final roster cuts this summer and immediately signed to the Packers’ practice squad.