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WRs Hagan, Aiken signed; Jones, McGee to I-R

Posted Nov 22, 2011


The Bills injured reserve list gained two more members as the club effectively ended the seasons of Terrence McGee and Donald Jones by moving them to I-R Tuesday. McGee sustained a torn patellar tendon in Sunday’s game at Miami and had surgery Monday. Jones meanwhile suffered the second high-ankle sprain of the season and was given a prognosis of six weeks.

McGee was assured an I-R designation by the nature of his injury, but Jones wasn’t quite as certain. Head coach Chan Gailey did admit Monday that injured reserve was a possibility for the wide receiver.

Jones and McGee now put Buffalo’s injured reserve player total at 11 for the season.

Hagan signed
Buffalo added some size to their receiving corps signing six-year veteran free agent Derek Hagan Tuesday. Hagan was most recently with the Oakland Raiders and actually played against the Bills in Week 2 logging five receptions for 61 yards.

Hagan (6’2” 215) appeared in six games with Oakland this season including two starts before being released on Nov. 2 to make room for the club’s veteran signing of T.J. Houshmanzadeh.

The 27-year old began his career with Miami after the Dolphins made him a third-round pick in 2006. He also spent three seasons with the Giants. His most productive season came in 2007 when he made 29 receptions for 373 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Aiken promoted
Also set to help fill the void left by Jones will be Kamar Aiken. The 6’2” 212-pound receiver was signed as an undrafted rookie this past offseason and made his share of plays in the training camp setting.

“I felt like camp went pretty good for me,” Aiken told Buffalobills.com. “There was a lot of stuff I worked on and I just took it to practice and took my opportunities that I got and landed on the practice squad.”

Aiken had seven catches for 97 yards in Buffalo’s last three preseason games, and made use of his 4.45 speed to gain consistent separation. It was enough to earn a spot on the practice squad where he has been since the 2011 season began.

In his college career at Central Florida, Aiken rolled up over 1,900 yards receiving (1,924) on 121 receptions with 17 touchdowns.

Last season Naaman Roosevelt was called up to the Bills active roster as a rookie the very same week and appeared in the team’s last six games. Knowing he’s following the same path of a fellow teammate that was also undrafted has Aiken eager to prove he’s just as capable.

“It’s encouraging,” said Aiken. “It made me keep my head straight and stay ready and prepare every day like tomorrow was going to be my day. So that’s how I took it to this point.”

Aiken’s size will be a welcome addition out wide. It should allow David Nelson to remain in his more natural slot role and let Roosevelt move inside as well in Buffalo’s popular four wide sets.

“I’m just ready to get out there,” he said. “It’s been a long time and I’m just ready to get back to playing. Run routes, take a hit, all that.”