If there was any question if wide receiver Cecil Shorts, who injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to Arizona, was going to be able to play on Sunday against the Rams, the answer essentially came on Wednesday when the Bucs promoted receiver Freddy Martino from the practice squad.

To make room on the active roster, the Bucs released linebacker Josh Keyes who was promoted to the active roster just before the Bucs played the Falcons.

The team also announced that defensive end Ryan Russell has been signed to the practice squad. Russell (6-5, 275) originally entered the league as a fifth-round pick (163rd overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Carrolton, Texas native, who played collegiately at Purdue, spent the 2015 season with Dallas, appearing in one game. He was with the Cowboys this past offseason and preseason. Russell will wear No. 96 for Tampa Bay.

The addition of Martino gives the Bucs five healthy receivers in Martino, Russell Shepard, Vincent Jackson, Adam Humphries and Mike Evans.

Martino originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014, then by the Eagles in 2015. The North Greenville College product but has zero career catches.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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5 years ago

Hey PR, any word on Louis Murphy? Sure could use him right about now

5 years ago

The Cowboys aren’t known to have one of the better pass rushes in the league so why are we signing one of their rejects. Wouldn’t it be wiser to yank a player off a team’s practice squad that does have a dominant front four and put his I’m the 50 man roster. Say a team like LA, Seattle or Carolina.

5 years ago

The signing of Rodgers was a good move by Licht, not so much Shorts. I’m glad we have an experienced back now that Martin went down, the logic with Shorts is the same. Problem with Shorts is injuries. That never goes away with some players, so teams souldn’t waste time on them. Let Martino, and whoever else get some looks this year. We know we need another top flight receiver, probably draft one high next year regardless. Until then, might as well try to develop another receiver now!!