Bills lose another lineman, RT Hairston, to IR
Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston has been placed
on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a bone
injury in his right ankle.
”It’s a situation where he’s going to probably need surgery,”
Bills coach Chan Gailey said. ”They could’ve done something and
maybe got him back for the last game, but it probably wouldn’t have
happened that way.”
Gailey will shuffle his line, and use rookie David Snow and also
veteran Sam Young at times to replace Hairston, 23, a 6-foot-6,
330-pound right tackle out of Clemson.
The Bills have now made three roster moves this week to
accommodate their injury woes. Defensive end Chris Kelsay was also
put on injured reserve and linebacker Kirk Morrison was released.
Hairston’s move comes at a difficult time. Erik Pears, the team’s
top right tackle, has been out since Nov. 6, and is also lost for
the season with a hip issue.
Buffalo signed Chris Scott off the Tennessee Titans’ practice
squad to the fill the roster vacancy. The 6-4, 360-pound tackle has
also spent time on the practice squads of Green Bay and Tampa Bay
after playing two seasons with the Steelers. He was selected by
Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson worked through most of practice,
but not at full speed, according to Gailey. At cornerback, Leodis
McKelvin is almost back to full speed while Aaron Williams is
improving, but is still not 100 percent.
The Bills (5-7) will take on St. Louis (5-6-1) on Sunday.
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