The Buffalo Bills made a roster move on Wednesday, announcing that second-year cornerback Kaiir Elam has been activated from injured reserve. Given that they placed defensive tackle Jordan Phillips on IR last week, the Bills did not need to make a corresponding move to add Elam back to the 53-man roster.
Elam, 22, has played in just three games this season, starting two. He struggled mightily in those contests, allowing 10 of the 14 passes thrown his way to be completed for a total of 135 yards. This comes after a rookie season where he struggled in a similar fashion, allowing 33-of-47 passes to be completed for 363 yards and three touchdowns. He secured two interceptions as a rookie, but has none this season to go with zero pass breakups.
Elam originally went on injured reserve thanks to an injured foot, something he’d dealt with since the Bills’ third preseason game. We learned that he tore the deltoid ligament in his foot after someone stepped on him in that final preseason game. Given Buffalo’s lack of depth at corner to start the season, Elam tried to play through the injury to disastrous results. His IR stint allowed his foot to heal without surgery. Buffalo had until today to decide whether to activate him or not.
Elam’s activation means that the Bills will need to make a roster move to activate defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, who tore a pectoral muscle in October and has been on injured reserve since, or Phillips, who just had surgery to repair a dislocated wrist. Either a player will need to be moved to IR to accommodate an activation of either of those players, or someone will need to be released should the Bills wish to activate them. Jones’ 21-day practice window is currently open, and the Bills have until January 9 to decide whether or not he should be activated.