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Youth movement continues on O-line

An already-green offensive line for the Buffalo Bills got even younger Tuesday. The Bills signed offensive tackle Jamon Meredith off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad to take the place of fourth-year veteran Brad Butler, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament. Mark Gaughan has the story on the Bills homepage.

The move indicates the Bills will go forward with fourth-year pro Jonathan Scott as the starting right tackle, instead of pursuing a veteran free agent option like form Eagle Jon Runyan.

Excluding center Geoff Hangartner, the Bills' four other starting offensive linemen Sunday against New Orleans will have made 12 combined starts.

It's open for debate whether Meredith can provide any help on the field this season, but he does represent an intriguing prospect for the Bills. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had him ranked as the eighth-best tackle in the 2009 draft. His 40- and 20-yard dash times of 4.99 and 2.84 seconds, respectively, were tops among offensive tackles at the combine. Meredith was a fifth-round pick of the Packers.

---Jay Skurski



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