TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have struck gold with their recent acquisition of running back Bobby Rainey, but they took a step Tuesday to further insure themselves against Rainey turning out to be fool’s gold.
The Bucs have signed fullback/running back Lonnie Pryor off the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.
The 6-foot, 224-pound Pryor entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent, signing with the Jaguars during the offseason. He has been on Jacksonville’s practice squad since the start of the regular season.
An Okeechobee native, Pryor played college ball at Florida State, appearing in 54 games (24 starts) and recording 124 rushes for 718 yards (5.79 average) and 18 touchdowns.
He was named the Orange Bowl MVP in his final game for the Seminoles, rushing for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns on five carries in a 31-10 victory over Northern Illinois. Pryor had three of the four longest runs of his career (60, 37 and 31 yards) in the game.
Pryor will wear No. 45 for the Buccaneers.
Pryor becomes the second running back signed by the Bucs off a rival’s practice squad in as many weeks. The Bucs signed Michael Hill off the Packers’ practice squad a week ago after placing running back Mike James on injured reserve with a season-ending left ankle injury.
In other Bucs news, the team is awaiting news on safety Dashon Goldson’s appeal of the one-game suspension he received for an illegal hit to the head on Falcons wideout Roddy White during Sunday’s win over Atlanta.
The Bucs expected Goldson’s appeal to be heard Tuesday and are hoping a favorable ruling will be handed down in time for Goldson to be with the Bucs when they return to practice on Wedneday.