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Buccaneers lose Mike Jenkins for season to pectoral injury

Mike Jenkins, Kelvin Benjamin

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, left, pulls in a 26-yard touchdown reception as he is covered by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Mike Jenkins (24) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


The Buccaneers lost a key member of the secondary, forcing them to shuffle the deck on defense.

The team announced that cornerback Mike Jenkins was placed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, and that they waived defensive end Scott Solomon.

To take their roster spots, the Bucs signed veteran cornerback Crezdon Butler and claimed defensive end Jacquies Smith off of waivers from the Bills.

Jenkins was brought in this offseason along with Alterraun Verner after the Bucs parted ways with Darrelle Revis. The former first-round pick had settled into the starting job, holding off Johnthan Banks.

Of course, his most memorable moment Sunday was being on the receiving end of Kelvin Benjamin’s circus catch, which went around Jenkins’ arm and shoulder for a touchdown.