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Bills assemble practice squad

Beginning at noon on Sunday NFL teams could begin assembling their eight-man practice squads and Buffalo filled theirs out in short order.

Named to the practice squad were LB Alvin Bowen, RB Bruce Hall, DB Cary Harris, WR C.J. Hawthorne, OL Nick Hennessey, WR Felton Huggins, DT Corey Mace and TE Jonathan Stupar.

Stupar, who spent 2008 on Buffalo's practice squad as well, was perhaps one of the more productive players in the group as he was among the league leaders in receiving through the course of the preseason. He'll no doubt be called up to the active roster should there be a long term injury at the tight end position with just three on the 53-man squad.

The same fate is likely for Alvin Bowen. The former fifth-round pick got caught in a numbers game at linebacker, but he's probably the first consideration for the 53-man roster should the team be caught shorthanded at the position.

Hall, Hawthorne, Huggins and Mace all spent time on Buffalo's practice squad in 2008.

Sixth-round pick Cary Harris did not make quite the same impact in the preseason as seventh-round pick Ellis Lankster. But the staff believes he has potential so the USC product will hone his skills on the practice squad this season.

OL Nick Hennessey is an undrafted rookie out of Colgate that made good progress through the course of training camp and the preseason. The offensive tackle played mainly on the left side with the third team offense, and impressed the staff enough to get more time with the club to develop him game.

The Bills also announced that the team has released OL Brandon Rodd from Injured Reserve.

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