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The Buccaneers Are Signing A Veteran TE

A general view of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium.

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of Raymond James Stadium during a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cincinnati Bengals on November 30, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With Rob Gronkowski still banged up and his status for this weekend in doubt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding another tight end to the mix.

Tampa Bay is signing veteran Darren Fells to its practice squad. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the expectation is that Fells will be promoted to the active 53-man roster before Sunday.

This seems to indicate Gronkowski, who has played only six snaps in the last six weeks due to injuries, will not be available against the Washington Football Team. Fells would then slot in as Tampa's TE3 behind O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.

The 35-year-old Fells appeared in seven games and made five starts for the Detroit Lions this season before being released on Monday. He caught four passes for 43 yards.

Prior to signing with Detroit, Fells spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Houston Texans. He was productive overall, playing in all 32 games with 28 starts while registering 55 receptions for 653 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In addition to signing Fells as insurance for Gronk, the Bucs also added wide receiver Breshad Perriman on Tuesday. That move was made due to the likelihood that Antonio Brown is still a few weeks away from returning from his ankle injury.

Tampa Bay will take on Washington at 1 p.m. ET this Sunday.