ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcus Easley #81 of the Buffalo Bills returns a kickoff against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Detroit won 16-6. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
A discussion we held earlier this morning has come to fruition: the Buffalo Bills have placed second-year wide receiver Marcus Easley on Injured Reserve, and have re-signed veteran Ruvell Martin to replace him on the active roster.
Easley reportedly was seen pointing to his chest prior to leaving practice last Friday. He lands on IR for the second time in two years, and has still not appeared in a regular season NFL game. The Connecticut product made the team's 53-man roster after overcoming a knee injury, but an illness that cropped up last week (he didn't miss any pre-season action) suddenly put him on the injury report last week, and now will apparently sideline him for the season. Martin, who also made the 53-man roster initially, will now serve as Buffalo's fifth receiver and as a special teams player.
Here's hoping this illness, whatever it is, isn't so serious that it ails Easley personally and professionally more than it already has. Cross your fingers for a speedy recovery.
The Bills also announced that they've released quarterback Levi Brown from the practice squad, replacing him with cornerback Terrence Wheatley. This is likely an insurance move in the event that Terrence McGee's hamstring injury lingers for more than a few weeks.