When the Bucs announced that they promoted cornerback Marcus Hamilton from their practice squad, the implications were obvious.
Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack lost the appeal of his one-game suspension with the NFL. The league suspended Mack for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Now Mack will not play Sunday, when the Bucs travel to Chicago.
But it looks like Hamilton will. Hamilton was the Bucs’ seventh-round pick in 2007 and spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad.