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Buffalo Bills sign Kyle Peko from practice squad, place Harrison Phillips on IR

Next man up.

The Buffalo Bills have promoted defensive tackle Kyle Peko to their active roster, placing Harrison Phillips on injured reserve. Phillips, who suffered a torn ACL during Buffalo’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, sees his season end after three games.

Peko, 25, joined the Bills on the practice squad in 2018. In 2019, he remained with the practice squad after a strong preseason with the team. During the preseason, he notched eight tackles and one sack over four games. Peko has appeared in seven regular season games, with eight total tackles to this point in his career. Peko was a well-known name in training camp, as he had to manage his NFL aspirations while helping his wife through treatment for late-stage cancer.

In addition to the roster transaction, the Bills released linebacker Curtis Akins from their practice squad. They had signed Akins, formerly with the Bengals (yeah, start your conspiracy theories) a week ago. In his place, the Bills have re-signed former Northwestern linebacker Nate Hall, who was on the practice squad at the start of the season.

The Bills still have one vacancy on their practice squad.