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Bills reduce roster; add TE

Posted Sep 1, 2009

The Bills made their necessary roster reduction to 75 players on Tuesday prior to the 4pm league deadline. They also added a tight end to the roster.

Waived by the club were OL Chris Denman and WR Shaine Smith.

Placed on the waived/injured list were three players, TE Travis McCall, CB Lydell Sargeant and DT Marcus Smith.

McCall, Sargeant and Smith all suffered injuries during the course of training camp and the preseason. If none of them are claimed by any other NFL club they revert back to Buffalo’s roster where they will either be placed on injured reserve or be released via an injury settlement.

Denman and Smith spent last season on Buffalo’s practice squad and could both very well be considerations for that unit again.

Sargeant suffered a serious knee injury and is likely to wind up on Buffalo’s injured reserve list as he’s expected to clear waivers.

Bills sign TE DeVree
The Bills also added a player signing tight end Tyson DeVree. DeVree was initially signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2008.

He spent most of last season on New England’s practice squad, but was called up to the active roster on Nov. 17 last season and appeared in two games for the Patriots.

DeVree (6’6” 245) finished his college career at Colorado after transferring from Western Michigan. As a senior he had 37 receptions for 402 yards and eight touchdowns.

The tight end worked out for the club on Monday. He will wear jersey number 87.

To make room for DeVree on the roster the Bills also waived LB Solomon Elimimian.

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