The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted defensive end Channing Ward to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced today.
Ward is an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi who played in five games for the Bucs earlier this year, albeit without significant playing time. His signing is most likely about the offseason rather than this game, though, as the Bucs are preparing to put together a roster they want to take through OTAs and other offseason activities. Getting Ward on the roster prevents other teams from poaching him off their practice squad.
The Bucs have sent several players to injured reserve, including running back Charles Sims and tight end Cameron Brate, and lost Doug Martin to a suspension all in just the last couple of days, so they don’t need to make any moves to create roster room for Ward.