The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Thursday that the team has promoted defensive end Channing Ward from the practice squad to the active roster.

Ward (6-4, 275) has played in five games for Tampa Bay this season, with one start, recording five tackles. He wears No. 71 for the Buccaneers.

The team also announced that tackle Kyler Kerbyson has been signed to the practice squad.

Kerbyson (6-4, 318) has spent time on Tampa Bay’s practice squad this season. The former Tennessee Volunteer entered the NFL as a college free agent with the New England Patriots this past offseason. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Kerbyson will wear No. 60 for Tampa Bay.

– Courtesy of Buccaneers Communications

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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
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