The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin training camp without two veteran players who are expected to make significant contributions for the 2016 season. The team placed wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy on the active/physically unable to perform list.
Murphy is recovering from a torn ACL that required surgery and ended his 2015 season in October after six games. Sweezy underwent an undisclosed medical procedure for a back injury that forced him to miss the entire offseason program.
Sweezy's back injury was first reported by Pewter Report and confirmed by ESPN.
This offseason, the Bucs signed the former Seattle Seahawks guard for five years and $35.2 million, hoping he could fill the absence of former Pro Bowler Logan Mankins. Sweezy started 49 games in four seasons with Seattle.
Following the 2014 season, the Bucs signed Murphy to a three-year contract extension after he caught 31 passes for 380 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Bucs also signed former Ohio State offensive and defensive lineman Joel Hale, who attended rookie minicamp as a tryout player. He is expected to line up at center during training camp.