The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appreciated Channing Ward's talents enough to keep him on the initial version of their 53-man roster in 2017. It's no surprise, then, that Ward was re-signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad on Thursday after a week away from the club.
To make room for Ward on that 11-man crew, the Buccaneers released defensive end Sterling Bailey from the practice squad.
Photos of the Buccaneers' complete roster.
Ward, a second-year defensive lineman who made the roster as an undrafted rookie in 2016, was once again part of the Bucs' active roster when it was formed during the league-wide cutdown to 53 players on September 2. However, the Buccaneers signed veteran defensive end Will Clarke three days later after his release by the Cincinnati Bengals, costing Ward his spot on the roster.
As a rookie, Ward appeared in five games with one start for the Buccaneers, contributing five tackles. A versatile lineman capable of playing inside or outside, he made his one start for the team at defensive tackle when Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy missed a game due to injury. Ward played his college football at Mississippi.
Bailey first joined the Buccaneers this past May after splitting his 2016 rookie campaign between the practice squads in Indianapolis, Seattle and Minnesota. He was waived during the aforementioned cutdown to 53 on September 2.