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Bills sign DB Spann; DL Mace

The Bills made a couple of roster moves Saturday as they addressed a couple of defensive positions on their roster. After working out Friday morning, defensive back Antwain Spann was signed by the club. And defensive lineman Corey Mace was also signed by Buffalo.

Spann (6'0" 195) has spent most of the last three seasons with the New England Patriots serving primarily as a special teams player. He had been called up from the Patriots' practice squad to the team's active roster five times over that time period appearing in 19 games.

He was mostly lined up at safety for the Patriots, but has played cornerback in his career as well. It's unclear at this point where the Bills will line Spann up defensively.

The signing of Corey Mace (6'3" 287) was done out of necessity as Buffalo has been thin at defensive tackle since John McCargo, Marcus Smith and were sidelined with injuries in training camp.

The Bills had only four healthy defensive tackles putting a lot of extra reps on the legs of Marcus Stroud, Kyle Williams, Spencer Johnson and David Lindquist in practice.

This is Mace's second stint with the Bills. Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Buffalo in 2007, Mace spent time on Buffalo's practice squad each of the past two seasons. He was called up from the practice squad late last season and appeared in the team's last three games.

To make room for both Mace and Spann on the roster, the Bills waived rookie kicker Dan Urrego and rookie defensive tackle Ventrell Jenkins. Both were signed in the spring as undrafted free agents.

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