The Buffalo Bills made several roster moves on Thursday, most notable was the filling of their empty spot on the active roster that had been vacant for a week since placing cornerback Josh Norman on injured reserve. Taking his place was cornerback Cam Lewis.
Lewis was elevated to the game day roster last Sunday, but never signed to the active roster. This is one of the changes in place during the COVID-19 pandemic where teams can use two practice squad players on their game day roster but then those players revert back to the practice squad. This time, Lewis officially joins the active roster after making his NFL debut a week ago seeing six snaps on special teams. Now he’ll need to pass through waivers to get back to the team’s practice squad if they release him.
Norman still has two weeks left on injured reserve and you can only use the practice squad exemption twice. Instead of alternating rookie CB Dane Jackson with Lewis to get through Norman’s injury, they must have preferred what Lewis can do and intend to keep him.
With an empty spot on their practice squad, Buffalo made two signings including a familiar name. The Bills signed DT Brandin Bryant and LB Deon Lacey. Lacey was with the Bills in 2017 and 2018 as a special teamer and with injuries to Del’Shawn Phillips and several other linebackers, he can come in having already played in the system. He joins Andre Smith as the only linebackers on the practice squad.
Bryant replaces DT Chris Slayton on the practice squad and spent time on several NFL practice squads and in the CFL.