Bills place WR Easley on IR

The Buffalo Bills placed receiver Marcus Easley on injured

reserve on Tuesday for the second straight year.

Easley missed Buffalo’s season-opening win at Kansas City with

what the team said was an illness.

Easley, a 2010 fourth-round pick from UConn, missed his entire

rookie season because of a knee injury. He had a strong preseason

this year. Against Jacksonville, he had five catches and a

touchdown.

Coach Chan Gailey on Monday said he’d rather have Easley

disclose the ailment. Easley left Friday’s practice early.

To replace Easley, the team re-signed free-agent receiver Ruvell

Martin, who was cut by the Bills Sept. 6.

The Bills also released quarterback Levi Brown from their

practice squad, and signed cornerback Terrence Wheatley to the

practice squad. Wheatley was New England’s second-round pick in

2008.