The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today activated tackle Josh Wells (No. 72) from Injured Reserve, elevated cornerback Anthony Chesley (No. 37) and safety Nolan Turner (No. 34) from the team’s practice squad, and downgraded cornerback Carlton Davis III’s (No. 24) status to Out for tomorrow’s Week 7 game vs. the Carolina Panthers. Both Chesley and Turner were elevated for Tampa Bay’s Week 6 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wells (6-6, 306) was placed on Injured Reserve on September 21, after appearing in two games, with one start at left tackle, for the Buccaneers this season. He has appeared in 47 regular season games over the last three seasons for Tampa Bay, making nine starts. He has also played in all six Buccaneers postseason games over the past two seasons. For his career, Wells has appeared in 86 regular season games and nine total playoff games with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buccaneers. Wells entered the league as a college free agent with Jacksonville in 2014, where he spent his first four NFL seasons (2014-18), playing in 52 games. A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Wells played collegiately at James Madison.
Chesley (6-0, 190) was signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on September 1, 2022.He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 10, 2019. He has appeared 13 career games over three seasons between the Houston Texans (2020), Indianapolis Colts (2021) and Buccaneers (2022), totaling five tackles and one fumble recovery, in addition to two special teams tackles. The Temple Hills, Maryland, native played four collegiate seasons at Coastal Carolina (2015-18), appearing in 42 career games. He was the only junior voted as a team captain for the 2017 season.
Turner (6-1, 202) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Buccaneers on May 13, 2022. He was added to Tampa Bay’s practice squad on August 31 and made his professional debut in Tampa Bay’s Week 6 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing on special teams. Turner played five seasons at Clemson (2017-21), appearing in 65 career games for the Tigers and ranking fourth all-time in games played in program history. The Vestavia Hills, Alabama, native was a two-time team captain and earned second-team All-America honors in 2020. He was a member of Clemson’s 2018 national championship team. His late father, Kevin, had an eight-year career in the NFL with New England (1992-94) and Philadelphia (1995-99).
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