Jon Feliciano is back in action, and not a moment too soon. The Buffalo Bills’ offensive guard, who suffered a pectoral injury in the preseason, was activated from injured reserve on Tuesday. With Cody Ford’s knee injury and Quinton Spain’s departure, the Bills started a guard tandem of Ike Boettger and Brian Winters on Sunday—and it didn’t go great.
Feliciano was the team’s starting right guard last year, and he also filled in at center when needed. The Bills probably want him playing right guard again, but while Ford is out, it’s not clear yet if they’ll play Feliciano at left or right guard. We also don’t know whether he’ll be on a pitch count; the Bills have slow-played some of their injured players in their return to action.
Buffalo also announced that they’ve signed linebacker Andre Smith off their practice squad, releasing Deon Lacey in the process. Smith just finished his third game being promoted from the practice squad, and cleared waivers after the Bills sent him back down postgame. He hasn’t had any tackles yet, but played roughly 55% of snaps on special teams in each game he played. Lacey, meanwhile, has appeared in five games for the Bills—two from the practice squad, and three from the active roster. He’s been another core special teams player, and we might see him land back on the practice squad before long.
In other league news, the Bills officially designated cornerback Levi Wallace to return from Injured Reserve. This doesn’t yet add him to the active roster, but it makes him eligible to practice with the team, as well as to be activated and play in a game as soon as this Sunday. Otherwise, he has 21 days to rejoin the Bills’ roster, or his season would come to an end.
The Bills had an admirable performance from rookie seventh-round pick Dane Jackson against the New York Jets, but it’ll still be nice to see Wallace return to action before long.