Linebacker Josh Martin was signed by the Bucs on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers official website reports. The third-year pro spent the last two seasons with Kansas City, and is currently listed as Lavonte David's primary backup at weakside linebacker on the Bucs depth chart. However, Martin figures to see the bulk of his playing time on special teams, where he excelled in 2014 over 321 snaps while with the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have ruled quarterback Alex Smith (spleen) and cornerback Phillip Gaines (illness) out for Sunday's Week 17 divisional showdown against the Chargers. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (shoulder), running back Jamaal Charles (hamstring, ankle) and guard Zach Fulton (foot, toe) were labeled questionable. Meanwhile, tight end Anthony Fasano (knee), linebacker Tamba Hali (knee), linebacker/defensive end Josh Martin (hand) and inside linebacker Joe Mays (knee) were deemed probable.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday that Dwayne Bowe has shoulder sprain, Zach Fulton has a foot sprain, Phillip Gaines has flu-like symptoms and Josh Martin has hand contusion, per the team's official website. All four players remain uncertain for Sunday's regular season finale against San Diego.
The Chiefs will have Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce available Week 11 against the Seahawks. The news isn't really a surprise; both players were listed as probable heading into the game. The team will have all their probable players available for the contest. Tamba Hali, Josh Martin, Josh Mauga and Sean Smith are all active. Cornerback Phillip Gaines, who came into the game listed as questionable, will attempt to play through his injuries.
Four Chiefs defensive backs have landed on the Friday injury report for their Sunday game against Kansas City. But only Jamell Fleming (hamstring) has been ruled out. Phillip Gaines (quad/ankle) and Chris Owens (knee) are questionable while Sean Smith (groin) is probable. The others ruled out by the Chiefs are wideouts A.J. Jenkins (shoulder) and Donnie Avery (groin). The other questionable is tight end Anthony Fasano (knee). Headlining the probables are linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) and featured back Jamaal Charles (shoulder/elbow). Also probable are tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and linebackers Josh Mauga (groin) and Josh Martin (hamstring/knee).