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RB Keith Ford, S Dean Marlowe elevated to active roster


After placing LB Matt Milano and CB Taron Johnson on injured reserve following season-ending surgeries, Buffalo had two open roster spots to fill. The Bills addressed those openings by elevating RB Keith Ford and S Dean Marlowe from the practice squad on Wednesday.

Ford, 24, was an undrafted rookie signing of the Bills this past spring. After a strong training camp and preseason, the running back was signed to Buffalo's practice squad, where he has been all season.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has been impressed with what Ford has brought to the practice field each week this season.

"Got a soft spot for him, the way he works," said Daboll. "One-hundred percent all the time, out at practice on the look team. Gives great effort, one of the guys that kind of stands in the background when we're working on our reps and is asking a lot of questions. Just a young guy that's trying to develop the best he can, and you appreciate guys like that."

Buffalo also elevated S Dean Marlowe to the 53-man roster. This is the second time the safety has been moved up to the active roster. Marlowe was previously called up in Week 5 and started in place of an injured Micah Hyde in the Bills win over Tennessee making four tackles and registering a pass breakup.

Three added to practice squad The Bills also added three players to their practice squad Wednesday.

Buffalo signed TE Kyle Carter, WR Tanner McEvoy and CB Josh Thornton.

Carter was an undrafted rookie signing of the Minnesota Vikings last spring and also spent time this past summer with the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks.

McEvoy has spent time with Seattle, New Orleans and Miami over the past two seasons.

Thornton was most recently on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.