Bucs part ways with Ward

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released running back Derrick Ward, who spent just one unsuccessful season with the club after signing as a free agent in the spring of 2009.

Ward had a breakout 2008 campaign with the New York Giants, rushing for 1,025 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. He then signed a four-year deal with the Bucs, but managed just 409 yards and one score in 14 games last season.

"No decision is made lightly around here," said Bucs head coach Raheem Morris. "It was just time to make it today."

Morris mentioned the club's backfield of Cadillac Williams, Earnest Graham and Kareem Huggins as reasons for Ward's release.

"We've got Cadillac, who we're all happy to have, and we also have Insurance Graham for us back there," Morris added. "He's able to carry the ball for us as well. And also we have our little spark plug in Huggy, and he's able to come in and provide a different look for us. We look forward to watching those guys run the rest of the preseason."

The Buccaneers also released wide receiver Terrence Nunn and placed linebacker Jon Alston on injured reserve to reach the roster limit of 75. The team will make its final cuts on Saturday.


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