Leodis McKelvin won't be appearing in any more Buffalo Bills games this season. The club placed him on Injured Reserve on Monday, less than four days removed from a fractured ankle suffered in Thursday night's loss to Miami.
Buffalo has already filled his spot on the active roster, too, signing free agent safety Bacarri Rambo. McKelvin is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by veteran cornerback Corey Graham.
McKelvin was having a career season, and had been Buffalo's best and most consistent defensive back through the first two-plus months of the season. Even while missing the final six games of the season, McKelvin set a career high with four interceptions this year, while adding a forced fumble, eight defended passes, and 45 solo tackles - easily on pace to break his previous career high of 60 in that category.
Buffalo's defense relies primarily on nickel looks - dime defenses usually involve a third safety (Duke Williams), not a fourth corner - so McKelvin's absence likely will not mean a dramatic playing time increase for anyone other than Graham, who was already seeing a healthy dose of field time as it was.