TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived special teams player Kenny Gant and filled his roster spot Friday by signing receiver Brice Hunter from the practice squad.

The move was prompted by an ankle injury receiver Horace Copeland sustained during Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Hunter played briefly in Tampa Bay's season opener and was on the active roster for three games before spending the past 10 weeks on the practice squad.

Gant appeared in nine games and had four tackles this season.