The Bills made a few roster moves today, the most noteworthy (and obvious) of which was placing center Eric Wood on injured reserve. The team also brought cornerback Marcus Roberson back to the 53-man roster, and signed center Dalton Freeman to the practice squad.
Wood suffered a broken leg during the Bills’ 31-25 loss to the Seahawks a week ago, and had surgery to repair the leg last week. He had played in 59 straight games dating back to December of 2012, and has been one of the most reliable players on the Bills in terms of health over the last few years. With his departure, it’s likely that either Ryan Groy or Patrick Lewis (probably Groy) will start the remaining seven games at center.
Freeman won’t be starting, or even playing, but he’ll be another body in town in case one of the remaining centers ends up injured. He’s been around the league since 2013, but hasn’t played since appearing in all 16 games (starting one) with Rex Ryan’s final Jets squad in 2014. He spent about a week with the Bills prior to last season, after which he spent some time on the Texans’ practice squad.
Roberson is actually making his second appearance on the Bills’ main roster, after earning a couple special teams snaps in the team’s loss to the Patriots in Week 8. While the play in the secondary has been suspect (to say the least), Roberson probably isn’t going to siphon away snaps from anybody. The struggles of Ronald Darby have put him in “open competition” with Corey White for the starting job alongside Stephon Gilmore, but Roberson won’t factor into that race at all.