Welcome back, Ike Boettger.
The Buffalo Bills are officially activating the guard off the Reserve/PUP list and adding him to the active 53-man roster. Boettger has been out since Week 16 of last season after suffering an Achilles injury and he will be eligible to play in the Bills' Christmas Eve game against the Chicago Bears.
In the corresponding move, the Bills are releasing DT Brandin Bryant to make room for the O-lineman.
Boettger has earned the praise of many of his teammates for the way he's progressed through his rehab.
"He's a king. I freaking love Ike," QB Josh Allen said earlier this season. "I don't think you can find one guy in the world that has a bad thing to say about Ike. The ultimate, ultimate team guy. I know he's had quite a bit of a journey to get back to where he's at right now."
Boettger spoke to the media a few weeks ago when his 21-day practice window opened and talked about his excitement to work his way back on the field.
"Now I can just kind of get into my process and try to get a little routine down," Boetgger said. "Just try to progress and get back to being able to help the guys if they need me."
The fifth-year offensive lineman started 17 games for the Bills during the 2020 and 2021 and would be an important depth piece on the Bills O-line the rest of the season if he's able to return to action.