TAMPA, Fla. — Former Traverse City St. Francis and Michigan State linebacker Riley Bullough has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bullough brings experience in Tampa Bay’s system at a time when the middle of the defense has been thinned by injuries.
During his day-after-game press conference on Monday, Head Coach Dirk Koetter confirmed linebackers Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy were out for the season after each suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over Cleveland. The Buccaneers made that official later in the afternoon, placing Alexander and Cichy on injured reserve. The signing of Bullough fills one of the two roster spots created by those moves; the other will likely be taken care of before the start of practice on Wednesday.
Bullough’s return also pushes the Buccaneers’ linebacking corps back to five players, the number the team had been carrying through the first six weeks of the season.
Bullough was with the team last season and throughout this year’s training camp. He suffered a late foot injury shortly before the end of the preseason, however, and was waived with an injury settlement.
Bullough originally joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2017. As a rookie, he spent most of the season on the Buccaneers’ practice squad before a December promotion that allowed him to see action in the final three games. He recorded one tackle each on defense and special teams in that span.