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Buffalo Bills elevate WR Kenny Stills, CB Dane Jackson to active roster ahead of AFC Championship

The Bills are elevating insurance.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills have elevated WR Kenny Stills and CB Dane Jackson to the active roster ahead of the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Saturday. The elevations are part of the NFL’s COVID-19 Collective Bargaining Agreement and the pair will return to the practice squad after the game.

Stills is elevated for the first time this season. He signed with the practice squad on January 4 after the Bills lost WR Jake Kumerow to the New Orleans Saints after he was released off Buffalo’s active roster.

At wide receiver, Gabriel Davis was unable to practice on Wednesday and Thursday and limited Friday dealing with an ankle injury. If he can’t go, it’s likely Stills would get the call for the game on Sunday.

The Bills don’t have a similar problem at cornerback, but Jackson has a host of NFL experience, playing in five games this season after being a seventh-round pick this past April. Knowing the Chiefs love to sling the ball all over the yard, Buffalo will need bodies in the secondary especially if someone gets sick overnight.

Buffalo also made a pair of corresponding practice squads moves, signing kicker Tristan Vizcaino and releasing DB Duke Thomas. In the event Tyler Bass lands on the COVID-19 list, the Bills can elevate Vizcaino as he’s been in the team’s coronavirus testing protocols.