The Buffalo Bills are doing a lot of roster shuffling to account for injuries along the offensive line and in the defensive backfield.
The Buffalo Bills have made a series of roster moves this week to account for injuries at key positions, and those moves are headlined by the decision to place veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay on Injured Reserve.
Kelsay, 33, injured his neck in practice a few weeks back, and re-injured himself in the team's road loss to the Indianapolis Colts two Sundays ago. With Kelsay now out for the remainder of the season, Kyle Moore will continue to start - at least until veteran Mark Anderson is set to return to the lineup from his knee injury. Kelsay finishes his tenth season in Buffalo with two sacks as a part-time player.
The Bills also bolstered their numbers along the offensive line (to account for injuries to center Eric Wood and right tackle Chris Hairston) and cornerback (to account for injuries to Aaron Williams and Leodis McKelvin). Two players that have spent most of the season on the practice squad were added to the active roster today: guard Keith Williams and cornerback T.J. Heath. The team already had a free roster space from Monday afternoon's release of linebacker Kirk Morrison.
Keith Williams will serve as the team's top primary reserve on the interior offensive line this week with Wood out; Andy Levitre, Kraig Urbik and David Snow will man starting positions. Meanwhile, at tackle, Thomas Welch - acquired after the bye week, but who has not appeared in a game yet - will be the primary backup at tackle with Hairston out, working behind starters Cordy Glenn and Sam Young.
With Aaron Williams still not 100 percent coming back from his knee injury - and with McKelvin still nursing a sore back that flared up on him just prior to last Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars - the Bills wanted an extra corner in the fold, as well. That player is Heath, who will be the team's fifth corner, at best, if Williams and McKelvin miss any more time. In that scenario, he'd be sitting behind Stephon Gilmore, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers and Crezdon Butler.