Isaiah Johnson: Tampa Bay Buccaneers promote safety to active roster

By Alex Butler  |  Oct. 5, 2017 at 1:43 PM
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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Safety Isaiah Johnson has joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' active roster.

Tampa Bay announced the move on Thursday afternoon. The Buccaneers also announced the release of defensive end Jacquies Smith.

The Buccaneers are hosting the New England Patriots at 8:25 p.m. on Thursday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium.

Johnson, 24, originally joined the Buccaneers last offseason as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. He spent the season on the Buccaneers' practice squad. The 6-foot, 209-pound defensive back was on the Buccaneers' practice squad for the first three weeks of the 2017 season.

Johnson has 14 tackles, four passes defended, four tackles on kick coverage and one interception in eight preseason games.

The Buccaneers are in dire need of health at the safety position. Safety Keith Tandy is doubtful for Thursday's game with a hip injury. T.J. Ward is also listed as doubtful because of a hip ailment.

Linebacker Lavonte David was also listed as doubtful on Wednesday's injury report with an ankle injury.

If Tandy and Ward are out, the Buccaneers will have Chris Conte, rookie Justin Evans and Josh Robinson on their depth chart at safety.

Johnson will wear No. 39 for the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay is allowing the second-most passing yards per game this season.

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