TAMPA — Four weeks after signing him to their practice squad, the Bucs promoted former Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff to their 53-man roster Tuesday, replacing veteran Cecil Shorts, who is headed to injured reserve after 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.
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.
CRUZ, COACH TALK: After failing to be targeted once against the Steelers, Giants receiver Victor Cruz had a talk with rookie coach Ben McAdoo. What was interesting was Cruz said it was McAdoo who sought him out as New York returned to work. "I came into the building, we were getting ready for our first meeting and he came up to me and was like, 'You are coming to see me, right?' I was like, 'Yeah, I am coming to see you.' Shortly after, I came and saw him and we spoke and then that was it."
SEMINOLE PRODUCT SUSPENDED: Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, a former Seminole High standout, was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster Jan. 2, a day after the regular-season finale.
CHIEFS: Coach Andy Reid indicated that receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has missed the past four games with a lingering groin injury, is looking more likely to play against the Raiders on Thursday night.
49ERS: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is keeping his starting job after getting benched during one of the worst performances of his career. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Kaepernick will start Sunday, a week after completing just one pass in three quarters.
PACKERS: Defensive tackle Mike Pennel was suspended for the last four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy after serving a four-game ban to start the year.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.