The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived rookie running back Allen Bradford on Thursday, a move designed to create a roster spot for recently reinstated safety Tanard Jackson, a team spokesman said.
The move leaves the Bucs with just two healthy running backs heading into Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but allows the team to bolster a position hit even harder by injuries.
The Bucs have lost two safeties – starter Cody Grimm and reserve Devin Holland – to season-ending injuries, but Jackson's return Tuesday from a 56-week suspension gave the position a much-needed boost.
Jackson was suspended for his third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, but quickly proved to coaches he is in excellent shape and retained a good working knowledge of the defense.
"He looked good again (in practice Thursday),'' head coach Raheem Morris said.
The decision to waive Bradford comes as the Bucs face the likelihood of playing at least this week's game without lead running back LeGarrette Blount, who suffered what Morris said was a knee sprain in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Earnest Graham is expected to start against the Saints, with third-down specialist Kregg Lumpkin also available.