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IK Enemkpali suspended four games; Buffalo Bills sign him to 53-man roster

Knowing that IK Enemkpali will miss four games due to a league suspension, the Buffalo Bills signed him to their 53-man roster on Friday in order to prevent another team from signing him while he's shelved.

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The Buffalo Bills are bending over backwards from a roster-shuffling standpoint to make sure that they don't lose the rights to second-year edge defender IK Enemkpali.

The Man That Punched Geno Smith was officially suspended for four games by the NFL today, and in order to prevent another team from sneaking Enemkpali onto their active (from the Bills' practice squad, where up until today Enemkpali had resided), the Bills released defensive lineman Andre Fluellen in order to stash Enemkpali on their 53-man roster, thereby preventing another team from signing him.

While Enemkpali is suspended, the Bills have the option to place him on an exempt Reserve/Suspended designation - just like they're doing with Marcell Dareus this week - in order to not have him count against the 53-man roster. If they do choose that route in order to free up a roster spot for the next month, the re-opened roster spot will likely be assigned based on the timing of the move; if it happens before Sunday's home opener against Indianapolis, it would seem far more likely than not that Fluellen will be re-signed.

Cedric Reed, an undrafted free agent out of Texas, was re-signed to fill Enemkpali's now-vacated spot on the practice squad.

The Bills also announced that they'd reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who landed on IR during final cuts. He is now a free agent.