The Buccaneers lost a trainer who worked with new head coach Lovie Smith when Smith was an assistant in Tampa earlier in his career and they’ve replaced him with one of Smith’s colleagues from Chicago.

Bobby Slater has left the Bears after 15 years to become the director of sports medicine and performance in Tampa. Slater was the director of rehabilitation and an assistant trainer in Chicago, but jumped to the Bucs after longtime trainer Todd Toriscelli left to join the Titans after 17 years with the Bucs.

“I was fortunate to spend a few years here in Tampa with Todd during my first stint with the Buccaneers and I know he is a true professional and a very well-respected member of the league’s medical community.