Buccaneers make changes to the 53-man roster

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed offensive lineman Ted Larsen and running back Kregg Lumpkin off waivers and also signed three players to the club's practice squad.

To make room for Larsen and Lumpkin, tackle Derek Hardman and running back Clifton Smith were released Sunday. Smith was a Pro Bowl kick returner two years ago, but was slowed by injuries last season and during training camp.

Safety Vince Anderson, defensive end George Johnson and tight end Ryan Purvis were signed to the practice squad. All were in training camp with the Bucs this summer.

Larsen is a center and guard who was a sixth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots this year. Lumpkin spent last season on Green Bay's practice squad.

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