Talib has spent most of the season playing with an injured hamstring. He returned for Saturday night’s loss to Dallas after sitting out one game, but the hamstring got worse after the first defensive series and Talib left the game.
Talib is Tampa Bay’s most talented cornerback, but there is no sense in trying to have him finish the season playing at less than 100 percent. The Bucs also could have run the risk of making the injury worse if they kept playing Talib.
The Bucs signed defensive tackle Jovan Haye to fill Talib’s roster spot. Haye spent three seasons (2006-2008) with the Buccaneers and had most recently played with Detroit.