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Buffalo Bills activate Colt Anderson, release Trae Elston

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One special teams player is swapped out for another

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The Buffalo Bills made a roster move Thursday afternoon, officially activating safety Colt Anderson from injured reserve. In order to make room for Anderson on the 53-man roster, the Bills released safety Trae Elston.

Anderson has been on injured reserve since early October. He broke his arm covering a kick in the Bills’ road victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Although he played zero defensive snaps this season, he was a mainstay on both the punt and kick coverage units. He had three tackles, one in each of the team’s first three games, before landing on injured reserve.

Elston filled in for Anderson on special teams, abd he even took snaps on defense when starting safety Jordan Poyer missed time with a knee injury in the middle of the season. He had 11 total tackles and an interception when he started against the Oakland Raiders. Overall, Elston had 18 tackles and the aforementioned interception in 2017.