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Albert Haynesworth Claimed Off Waivers By Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New England Patriots waived defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth earlier Wednesday morning and he was picked up off the waiver wire immediately by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Every player released after the NFL trade deadline hits waiver wire which means every team has a chance to claim the player, and the Bucs struck first, now Tampa Bay takes over Haynesworth's contract which runs through the 2012 season.

With the Bucs losing their 2010 first-round draft pick defensive tackle Gerald McCoy for the remainder of the season, along with suffering injuries to the tackle position in last week's contest versus the New Orleans Saints as Frank Okam also went down. Coming into Sunday's contest versus the Houston Texans, the Bucs were now extremely thin at tackle for Raheem Morris' 3-4 scheme.

The Bucs went out and signed John McCargo to a contract, and along with Haynesworth will look to get plenty of action for the rest of the season. Houston comes into the contest versus the Bucs with the second-best rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 155.1 yards/game.

For more information on the Texans, Houston fans should check out Battle Red Blog. For more on the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay fans check out Bucs Nation.

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