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Bills sign WR Brown, S Elston back to the roster; sign S Thomas


The Bills had some holes to fill in the wake of injuries to Colt Anderson, Ramon Humber and Jordan Matthews. On Tuesday, they signed a pair of familiar players to the roster in WR Philly Brown and S Trae Elston. They also signed free agent safety Shamarko Thomas.

Brown, 25, was signed by the Bills as a free agent in the spring, but he did not make the final roster when final cuts were made in early September. A receiver who knows the offense and can help on special teams should blend back into the mix quickly.

Elston was a first-year player, who made the team's final roster in September, and appeared in the first two games of the season on special teams. He was released by the club on Sept. 19th.

Thomas is a former fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013. The safety served mainly in a backup capacity for the Steelers and played mainly on special teams. The 26-year old appeared in 48 games in his four seasons with the Steelers.

This past offseason he signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets, but did not make their final 53-man roster and was released in early September.

To make room on the roster for Brown, Elston and Thomas, the Bills placed Anderson on injured reserve and released DE Eric Lee and S Robert Blanton.

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