Buccaneers waive Clifton Smith

There were earlier reports today that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had claimed offensive lineman Ted Larsen and running back Kregg Lumpkin off waivers.

The team just confirmed those moves and filled in the blanks on how the roster spots were created. The team waived running back/return man Clifton Smith and offensive tackle Derek Hardman. Although Smith made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2008, he ran into injury problems last season and struggled this preseason.

In other news, the Bucs announced safety Vince Anderson, defensive end George Johnson and tight end Ryan Purvis have been signed to the practice squad. All three of those players were cut in the final roster reduction.