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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