Hughes had previously been demoted from the Bucs' active roster on Saturday in order for Donteea Dye to fill in at wide receiver, but he returns to provide depth on the defensive line after the release of safety Major Wright.
Hughes was released by the Patriots on Saturday.
Hughes signed with New England on Monday, but was released before what would've been his first game with the team in order to make room on the active roster for the addition of TE Ben Scruggs.
The fifth-year lineman was released by the Browns after Week 2. He had spent his entire career in Cleveland up to that point. The Patriots are adding depth to their defensive line with the addition of Hughes.
Hughes was a healthy scratch for the Browns' second game of the 2016 season after he failed to record a tackle in the Week 1 opener. His release comes as a bit of a surprise regardless. The former third-round pick was under contract through 2019 after he signed an extension just last year.
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||6||5.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|