Buccaneers Waive RB Mike James, Release WR Louis Murphy From PUP


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they’ve placed RB Mike James on waivers Tuesday to make room for S Major Wright, who was signed to a contract.

The Bucs also waived WR Louis Murphy from the physically unable to perform list.

James, 25, is a former sixth-round pick by the Buccaneers back in 2013. He was waived a few weeks into the season but was later signed to their practice squad after clearing waivers.

Tampa Bay elected to waive James with an injury designation last week with an injury designation. After clearing waivers, James reverted to the Bucs’ injured reserve list. The Buccaneers waived him from I.R. with injury settlement a few weeks into the season.

James signed on to the Lions’ practice squad earlier in the month only to be cut loose a few weeks ago. The Buccaneers brought him back last week.

In 2016, James has appeared in four games and ran for 19 yards on four carries to go along with four receptions for 22 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Murphy, 29, is a former fourth-round pick of the Raiders back in 2009. The Buccaneers signed him to a four-year, $4.75 million contract back in 2014, which includes a base salary of $1.5 million this season.

In 2015, Murphy appeared in six games for the Buccaneers and caught 10 passes for 198 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

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