Injuries prematurely ended the 2015 season for a pair of players and an illness landed a third on the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday. Buffalo also promoted three players from their practice squad, signed a free agent receiver and released WR/KR Marcus Thigpen.
WR Robert Woods and LB Randell Johnson were both placed on injured reserve as their injuries sustained in the loss at Washington have a recovery time that stretches beyond the end of the regular season. Woods, who was playing through a nagging groin injury, made the ailment worse on Sunday and will not be healthy in time for either of the team's two remaining games.
Woods finished the season with 47 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson, who made his first NFL start at linebacker Sunday, sustained a high ankle sprain and will also not be fit to return before the season concludes on Jan. 3rd against the Jets.
OT Seantrel Henderson, who has missed each of the last three games due to illness, will miss the rest of the season as well. He was placed on the Non-Football Injury list. Jordan Mills will continue to serve as the team's starting right tackle in Henderson's absence and make his fourth straight start Sunday.
Buffalo also released WR/KR Marcus Thigpen. It's the second time the Bills waived the return man this season.
Three called up; Bills sign WR SalasTo fill the void Buffalo promoted three players from the practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Bills called up WR Dezmin Lewis, WR Walter Powell and DT Jerel Worthy. Lewis was Buffalo's seventh-round pick this past spring.
Buffalo also signed free agent WR Greg Salas. A former fourth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011, Salas played under head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Sanjay Lal from 2013-2014 with the New York Jets.
Salas (6-1, 209) was most recently with the Detroit Lions, but was released at the start of the regular season after suffering a severe knee injury in the team's final preseason game against the Bills. He was the Lions' leading receiver in the preseason with 10 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.