The Buccaneers have activated running back Doug Martin after a four-game suspension and he could play Thursday against the Patriots. 

Tampa Bay waived second-year tight end Alan Cross to make room on the 53-man roster for Martin. He's eligible to begin practice with the team right away and is expected to be at a walk-through practice Monday night.

Martin's suspension began in the final weekend of the 2016 season after violating the NFL's drug policy and he was originally expected to be back for their game against the Giants on Sunday. Martin couldn't return until this week since the Buccaneers were forced to postpone their first game against the Dolphins as a result of Hurricane Irma. 

There are still questions as to what Martin's role on the team will be once he returns. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said last week that they need to see how Martin practices and "how we are doing as an offense, how we are doing with our running game" before deciding how to use Martin, according to ProFootballTalk.