Williams placed on injured reserve

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It was an early and unceremonious end to the 2014 season for Bills guard Chris Williams Saturday. After missing each of the last two games with what has become a chronic back injury, the Bills placed the veteran linemen on injured reserve.

Williams had been dealing with a back problem since training camp, as it forced him to miss games in the preseason. His back improved prior to the regular season allowing him to play the first three weeks, but the injury returned and kept him out of Buffalo's Week 4 game at Houston and Week 5 game at Detroit.

Rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson is expected to continue as the starting left guard Sunday in Williams' absence.

Ladler promotedTo fill the vacant roster spot Buffalo elevated rookie safety Kenny Ladler to the 53-man roster. Ladler, an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt, flashed at times during training camp and is known as a physical hitter with a nose for the football. He could be an instant contributor on special teams.

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