Buccaneers claim C Larsen and RB Lumpkin, cut Smith

Posted Sept. 05, 2010 @ 7:08 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 7:03 p.m. ET, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010

The Buccaneers announced Sunday that they claimed ex-Patriots C-OG Ted Larsen and ex-Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin off waivers. The team also waived OT Derek Hardman and RB-RS Clifton Smith.

Larsen, a sixth-round draft pick (205th overall) by New England last April, was projected to one day compete for the Patriots' starting center spot. However, he was cut Saturday and claimed by Tampa Bay before he could be re-signed to New England's practice squad.

Larsen, a 6-2, 305-pound North Carolina State product, is a Tampa native. He now will be on the Bucs' 53-man roster.

Lumpkin originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Packers in 2008. He played in two games as a rookie,with one carry for 19 yards and three catches for 22 yards. He spent the entire '09 season on Green Bay's practice squad. During the '10 preseason, he was second on the Packers with 104 rushing yards and led the team with three TDs.

The Buccaneers also announced that they have signed S Vince Anderson, DE George Johnson and TE Ryan Purvis to the practice squad. All three were waived by the Buccaneers on Sept. 4.


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