For the third time in his three-year career, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones will finish a season off of the team's active roster. The Bills ended his season on Tuesday by placing Jones on the Non-Football/Illness list.
It's not clear what, precisely, ended Jones' season, but considering he's not on Injured Reserve, it's not necessarily the calf injury that has plagued him of late, and caused him to miss Sunday's loss to Seattle. Chris Hogan, a second-year (read: not a rookie) player out of Monmouth, takes Jones' spot on the roster. T.J. Graham will start in Jones' place, and Brad Smith will see a significant playing time increase as the third receiver for the last two games.
Jones finishes the 2012 season with career highs in receptions (41), yards (443) and touchdowns (4).
The 2012 season is also over for one-time starting linebacker Arthur Moats, who injured his ankle covering a kickoff against Seattle and won't be able to return to the lineup as a result. One of the team's core special teams players, Moats will be replaced on the active roster by former Connecticut linebacker Greg Lloyd, who is, in fact, the son of the Greg Lloyd you thought of when you read the name.
Buffalo's roster is now set for Week 16, and they'll begin preparations for their road game against the Miami Dolphins tomorrow at One Bills Drive.
Taking Hogan's place on the practice squad is rookie wide receiver Kevin Elliott, a former Jacksonville training camp stand-out that was recently released. The 6'3", 215-pound speedster caught 10 passes for 108 yards before his departure from Mike Mularkey's team.