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Bills awarded LB Woods; Coleman to I-R

The Bills addressed yet another hole at linebacker Monday when they were awarded linebacker Pierre Woods off waivers. The five-year veteran was waived just last Friday by the New England Patriots.

Woods (6'5" 255) saw his most extensive action on defense for New England in 2009 when he made five starts and appeared in all 16 games registering 17 tackles at outside linebacker in the Patriots' 3-4 scheme.

He was released by the Patriots during final cuts at the start of the 2010 season, but was re-signed on Nov. 17 and appeared in two games. New England then released him Dec. 3.

Woods is a perfect size/strength player for the outside linebacker position in a 3-4 system and has been a standout special teams performer throughout his career. He originally signed with New England as an undrafted rookie in 2006. Woods led the Patriots in special teams tackles in both 2007 and 2009.

The Cleveland, Ohio native also played on the same Glenville high school team as Bills safety Donte Whitner.

Coleman to I-R
To make room for Woods on the roster, Antonio Coleman was placed on injured reserve. Coleman sustained a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's game, but will not require surgery.

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