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Buffalo Bills sign Cole Beasley to active roster

Beasley made two regular-season appearances off of the practice squad

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The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley to their active roster from their practice squad. To make room on their 53-man roster, the team released reserve offensive lineman Justin Murray.

Beasley returned to the Bills following a partial-season hiatus prior to Buffalo’s December 17 home game against the Miami Dolphins. He has appeared in two games since in a limited role, catching both passes thrown his way for 18 yards.

Adding Beasley to the active roster gives the Bills a bit more flexibility in the postseason with their practice squad call-ups. The team has been using both Beasley and fellow veteran receiver John Brown off of the practice squad in the last month-plus, but with only two call-ups allowed per game, if Buffalo wanted both dressed, they’d be unable to call up a player at another position, if needed. This maneuver will keep Beasley available for the duration of the postseason, allow them to call up Brown if desired, and still leave a call-up available for another position.

Beasley’s addition also gives the Bills a bit of extra coverage in their receiver room, considering that starting slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie is nursing a hamstring injury this week.