Gaius Charles

Friday Night Lights alum Gaius Charles is joining Grey's Anatomy for the medical show's upcoming ninth season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Charles, 29, has signed on for a recurring role, but details about his character are not yet known. TVLine first reported his casting.

Friday Night Lights' Gaius Charles talks about returning to the field for Necessary Roughness

Best known for his performance as outspoken high school football player "Smash" on Friday Night Lights for two seasons, Charles has recently guest-starred on NCIS and Pan Am and is recurring on Necessary Roughness as a more soft-spoken NFL player.

Seattle Grace lost at least two doctors at the end of last season with the exit of Teddy (Kim Raver) and the death of Lexie (Chyler Leigh).

Grey's Anatomy returns to Thursdays this fall on ABC.