The revolving door leading to Buffalo's injured reserve list is spinning again and another Bills offensive lineman is walking through. Just a month after being signed by the club to fill a hole on the interior of Buffalo's offensive line, veteran Kendall Simmons was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Simmons suffered the injury in last week's win over Kansas City and has been unable to practice all week. Though the team has indicated otherwise, the injury is what likely prompted the Bills to submit a waiver claim for Richie Incognito Wednesday.
Incognito got first team reps in practice Thursday at right guard and is now expected to start Sunday against the Patriots with Simmons no longer an option.
Simmons started three games for the Bills after signing with the team Nov. 24. He sawhis first action in much the same way that Incognito will, just days after signing with the club.
Simmons is the 16th player to go on injured reserve for the Bills this season, just one fewer than the franchise record set in 2007 when 17 players went on the injured reserve list. He's also the sixth offensive lineman to do so in 2009.
Klopfenstein re-signedFilling the roster spot left vacant by Simmons was tight end Joe Klopfenstein, who is quickly becoming the human yo-yo.
In the past month Klopfenstein has been released and then signed back to the active roster three different times due to various personnel shuffling due to injury. His return to the roster gives Buffalo three healthy tight ends.
Klopfensteinhas yet to appear in a game asthe tightendhas been inactive for two regular season games.