Buccaneers sign DT Nathan Bazata

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive lineman Nathan Bazata (99) tackles Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) during the first half at Ryan Field on Oct. 21.Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed their injuries along the defensive line by signing defensive tackle Nathan Bazata, the team announced Wednesday.

Bazata could find himself playing for the Buccaneers in their preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

Tampa Bay will be without fellow lineman Vita Vea (calf), who is the 12th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bazata recorded 51 tackles and three sacks in 13 games with Iowa en route to being an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last year. The 6-foot-2, 284-pounder started 37 career contests with the Hawkeyes.

To make room for Bazata, the Buccaneers waived cornerback David Rivers with an injury designation.