The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dealt with a litany of injuries since July, but the hope is a lot of key players can return in time for the stretch run.

Things got off to a good start on Monday when the Buccaneers announced they have removed veteran running back Giovani Bernard from IR. The next step is getting him back on the 53-man roster at some point during his 21-day practice window.

Bernard injured his ankle against the New Orlean Saints in Week 2 and hasn’t played since.

The Buccaneers now have 21-days to decide on when/if they want to activate Bernard, or in other words, make him a part of the 53-man roster.

A roster activation obviously means the Buccaneers will have to cut a player if they want Bernard back on the 53.

However, if there is a setback and Bernard isn’t ready after the three-week window, the Buccaneers will either have to put him on the 53 and make him inactive on game days or they’ll have to put him on season-ending IR.

Bernard is in his 10th year and has been with the Buccaneers since 2021. He’s nowhere near the playmaker he was during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he still provides a veteran presence that can both run and catch the ball.

Depth is depth, at the end of the day. And it’s safe to assume the Buccaneers are glad to have Bernard back in the mix.

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