NFL News of August 23, 2003

The Bucs didn’t wait until Tuesday, the day NFL teams must trim their rosters to 65, to begin making cuts.

Tampa Bay released several players Friday, most notably former University of Florida running back Earnest Graham and journeyman Terry Kirby.

Graham sprained his shoulder in the Aug. 8 exhibition game against Miami and reached an injury settlement with the team. Kirby, a 10-year veteran, signed with the team in June and immediately found himself buried on the running back depth chart.

Others released Friday were wide receivers Sam Collins and J.J. McKelvey, guard Kyle Kipps and place-kicker Ralf Kleinmann.

—Katherine Smith, The Tampa Tribune “Vincent acknowledges slim chance of staying with Eagles”

Graham spent all of 2003 and a portion of 2004 on the Bucs’ practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster in 2004 and remained with the team through 2011, for the rest of his NFL career. Throughout his career with the Bucs, he split time with other backs, filling in at various times for Warrick Dunn, Cadillac Williams, Mike Alstott, Michael Pittman, and LeGarrette Blount. He started 35 games for the Bucs between 2007 and 2011, amassing 477 carries, 2047 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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