Bucs promote WR Josh Huff to replace injured Shorts
Four weeks after signing him to their practice squad, the Bucs have promoted former Eagles receiver Josh Huff to their 53-man roster, replacing veteran Cecil Shorts, who is headed to injured reserve following a significant knee injury in Sunday's win at San Diego.
Huff, 25, could help the Bucs on offense and on special teams, where he could be an upgrade on kickoff returns. Huff was cut by the Eagles after an arrest on gun and marijuana charges, but now gets a second chance with Tampa Bay, which finished Sunday's game with only three healthy receivers.
Shorts was injured on the third offensive play of the game for the Bucs on Sunday, tearing three ligaments -- the ACL, MCL and PCL -- and dislocating his knee. The Bucs were already without veterans Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy due to season-ending injuries, and also have Adam Humphries in concussion protocol after an injury in the second half Sunday.
Huff has 48 catches for 482 yards and four touchdowns in his three seasons in the NFL, and has had success in kickoff returns, including a 98-yard touchdown this season and a 107-yard score in 2014. The Bucs, primarily using rookie Ryan Smith on kickoffs, rank last in the NFL with an average of 15.7 yards per return and a season long of just 24 yards. The Bucs face the Saints on Sunday, and Huff's best game as a receiver in the NFL came against the Saints last season while with Philadelphia, catching four passes for a career-high 78 yards and a touchdown.
To replace Huff on the practice squad, the Bucs signed former Lakewood High and Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy, who was with the Bucs in the preseason. Reedy, 24, was waived-injured just before final cuts after injuring his knee, but caught a touchdown pass in the preseason.