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Bucs receiver hasn't played in a year

Having not played since November 2003, Joe Jurevicius will make his return to the field against the Bears on Sunday, the Tampa Tribune reported Wednesday.

Jurevicius has been sidelined for more than a year while rehabilitating knee and back injuries. He is off the reserve/non-football injury list this week, and coach Jon Gruden said he will be on the field against Chicago.

"Joe is ready to go," Gruden told the newspaper. "What capacity his role is will be decided this week, but it will be a great thing for Joe and for this football team."

In other Bucs news, the team signed receiver Marcus Knight and promoted defensive end Corey Smith from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room, defensive tackle Damian Gregory was placed on injured reserve and receiver Adrian Madise was released.

Gregory tore the patella tendon in his left knee during last Monday night's 28-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He finished the season with four tackles in six games.

The Bucs also signed defensive tackles Jon Bradley and Charles Alston to the practice squad. Receiver Kevin Youngblood was released from the practice roster.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.