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Bucs release Game 4 star Khaseem Greene on their way to 53

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For Khaseem Greene, a strong finish was not enough to save his roster spot.

The Tampa Bay Bucs released Greene, who had 10 tackles and a 98-yard interception return in the 22-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins Thursday night as the team began to juggle its final roster.

Greene was one of the more interesting cuts by the Bucs, who have indicated they may add players to their roster. Tampa Bay has first dibs on any player who is released.

“We look at it (like a second draft),’’ Bucs coach Lovie Smith said of using waiver claims to fortify the roster. “And we’re almost on the clock on it, which is a good thing.’’

The Bucs also released kicker Patrick Murray (injured), kicker Connor Barth, defensive backs Jude Adjei-Barimah,       Brandon Dixon and Chris Hacket, linebackers Larry Dean and Josh Keyes, defensive ends Lawrence Sudbury and Ryan DeLare, defensive tackles Caushand Lyons and Da’Quan Bowers, receivers Tavarez King and Donteea Dye, offensive linemen Edawn Coughman and Patrick Omameh, returner Kaelin Clay and defensive back Isaiah Frey. Receiver Kenny Bell and lineman Garrett Gilkey were put on injured reserve.

Omameh started at guard all last season.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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