Buccaneers release QB Mike Kafka

TAMPA, Fla. -- In the latest sign that Josh McCown's right thumb is fully healthy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released backup quarterback Mike Kafka.

McCown had been out since suffering the injury in Week 3 and Kafka had served as the backup to Mike Glennon. But McCown returned and was on the active roster as a backup during Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.

Kafka began the season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad but was promoted after McCown’s injury. If Kafka clears waivers, there’s a good chance the Bucs will bring him back to the practice squad.

In other news from the practice squad, the Bucs released wide receiver Eric Page and placed cornerback Derrius Brooks on injured reserve.