The Buffalo Bills placed CB Leodis McKelvin on season-ending Injured Reserve and re-signed veteran LB Kirk Morrison on Tuesday, opting to go without one of the league's top return-men while bringing a trusted veteran back into the fold.
McKelvin sat out last week's game with a groin injury, the first game he missed all season, though back spasms forced him to leave the Jacksonville game early.
With just two weeks left in the 2012 campaign, the Bills will be without the services of one of the league's top return-men, as McKelvin ranked as the only player in the NFL with two punt returns for touchdowns in 2012. One of those came against the team Buffalo faces on Sunday in the Miami Dolphins.
He held the league lead for punt return average at 18.7 yards per return and ranked fourth (28.3 yards/return) in kickoff return average.
Morrison returns to Buffalo after being released on Dec. 3rd. The 6-2, 245-pound San Diego State product joined the Bills as a free agent on Aug. 26, 2011. He has totaled 771 tackles (580 solo), 6.0 sacks and seven interceptions with 18 passes defensed with 110 games played, making 95 starts.
"I don't know what my role is, but if need be I'll go out and play," said Morrison, who is likely to see time on special teams Sunday. "Hopefully I'll have a shot at playing on defense too. This is the best opportunity to get some good tape and some film out there and show what I can do."
Morrison originally entered the NFL as a third-round (78th overall) draft choice by Oakland in 2005 and was acquired by Jacksonville via trade in 2010. He will wear No. 58.