TAMPA, FLA (WFLA)- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth at defensive end took a hit on Friday when it was announced that George Johnson has been placed on the Injured Reserve list. The designation of the I.R. is not known, yet, according to head coach, Dirk Koetter, who says that Johnson’s hip injury is “significant.”
The injury occured in the late stages of Thursday morning’s practice when Johnson went down and had to be helped off the field.
Johnson played a back-up role, during the 2015 season, logging 23 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles. He was fighting for a roster spot, behind a revamped group including, Robert Ayers, rookie Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith.
Two more defensive ends will compete for Johnson’s spot on the depth chart. Howard Jones and Kourtnei Brown were named as potential replacements, Friday, by Koetter.
“We don’t want to lose anybody right,” Koetter said. “Shoot, right now, any injury is a blow to our depth because these guys are competing for spots.”
The Bucs first preseason game is now less than a week away. Kickoff is set for next Thursday, 7pm, in Philadelphia.
WFLA, News Channel 8, will broadcast the game on WTTA, Great38, in the bay area.