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Bucs activated veteran cornerback Richard Sherman off injured reserve

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving through another impressive campaign with strong Super Bowl aspirations.

The Buccaneers’ secondary may have gotten a much-needed boost with star cornerback Richard Sherman being activated off the injured reserve on Friday, according to ESPN.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated cornerback Richard Sherman off injured reserve Friday, just two days after beginning his 21-day practice window.

Sherman initially suffered a calf injury during the pregame warmups before facing the Washington Football Team. The former All-Pro joined Tampa Bay in Week 4, and played in three contests before suffering a hamstring injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 action.

However, his recent activation from the injured reserve has him on track to play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

“Yeah, right now he’s scheduled to play. Hopefully he doesn’t,” coach Bruce Arians said about Sherman’s status as a backup via ESPN.

Sherman’s return provides a much-needed veteran presence to the Buccaneers’ inexperienced secondary. His struggles with injuries are likely linked to joining Tampa Bay midway through the season rather than getting a full offseason to prepare to play.

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Nonetheless, he will have the chance to be a significant factor in the Buccaneers’ secondary as the playoffs inches closer. He could prove to be a pivotal playmaker as Tampa Bay aims to make a second straight push toward the Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers close out the regular season with matchups against the Bills, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers (twice), and New York Jets. Tampa Bay currently holds a four-game lead in the NFC South division.

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