Hardman Returns Once More

For the second time in three weeks, the Buccaneers have re-signed versatile and experienced offensive lineman Derek Hardman.  To make room on the roster, the team waived G Hayworth Hicks, whom they had claimed off waivers from Kansas City earlier in the week.

The 6-6, 300-pound blocker has experienced his share of roster moves during his three seasons in the NFL, but all of his game action has been as a Buccaneer.  He played in nine games and started four at right guard as a rookie in 2010, then got into three more contests last fall.  Hardman went to camp with the Buccaneers again in 2011 and made the cutdown to the 53-man roster but was waived a few days before the season opener.  He has since returned twice more, most recently on November 28.

Hardman played tackle at Eastern Kentucky and is capable of filling in anywhere along the offensive line.  When he returned to the team in late November, it was just after Jeremy Trueblood had been placed on injured reserve, leaving the team thin behind the starting offensive tackles.  His return this week could be connected to the uncertain health of starting right guard Jamon Meredith, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle ailment.

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