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Buffalo Bills promote linebacker Corey Thompson to active roster

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The undrafted free agent out of LSU had been on the team’s practice squad since the summer

The Buffalo Bills filled their 53-man roster on Monday, promoting undrafted free agent linebacker Corey Thompson from their practice squad. Thompson takes the place of departed veteran Ramon Humber, who was released on November 10.

Thompson, 24, is an older rookie due to his injury history while in college at LSU. He used three redshirt years in college due to injuries—he suffered a shoulder injury in 2012 as a true freshman, a torn ACL in 2014 as a redshirt sophomore, and a broken leg as a redshirt senior in 2016— but was able to graduate from LSU after six years on campus and four years as an active player on the football team.

In his NCAA career, Thompson totaled 109 tackles and 6 sacks over parts of 4 seasons. His best year was his senior season. He made 43 tackles, 7 of which were for a loss, and notched all 6 of his career sacks. Thompson signed with Buffalo after the 2018 NFL Draft, and he was cut by the team before signing to the practice squad. We profiled him as part of our “90 Players in 90 Days” series back in July.

Thompson, who is 6’1” and 222 pounds, figures to fill in as a special teams player, replacing the veteran Humber, who signed with the New England Patriots after clearing waivers. To replace Thompson on the practice squad, the Bills signed linebacker Richard Jarvis, who was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad on November 15.