Markus White’s return to the Buccaneers’ practice squad was well-timed, in that it was actually quite brief.
On Saturday, the Bucs promoted White to their active roster, making him eligible to see action Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. White takes the roster spot opened by the move of cornerback Aqib Talib to the reserve/suspended list.
This is the second time in a month that White has gone from the Buccaneers’ practice squad directly to an active roster, although on the first occasion it was the Washington Redskins who came calling. The Redskins snatched White – who, it should be noted, had entered the league with Washington in 2011 – off Tampa Bay’s practice squad on September 18. After three weeks with the ‘Skins, he was released earlier this week, allowing his return to Tampa.
Though the Bucs replaced a cornerback with a defensive linemen, it actually makes sense from a depth standpoint. The team had been carrying seven linemen and 12 defensive backs since the loss of defensive end Adrian Clayborn to injured reserve. In addition, starting nose tackle Roy Miller is considered questionable to play on Sunday against the Chiefs due to an ailing back.
Obviously, White could be among the team’s seven inactive players on Sunday. If he is active, he will join a defensive end rotation currently made up of Michael Bennett, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and George Johnson.
At cornerback, E.J. Biggers is the obvious candidate to step up as the new starter at left tackle in Talib’s absence, just as he did last year after Talib landed on injured reserve.