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Roosevelt gets chance

Buffalo's own Naaman Roosevelt will step into an increased role the final three games with Lee Evans out with an ankle injury. This means the Bills will line up in passing situations in Miami this week with three undrafted rookies at receiver - David Nelson, Donald Jones and Roosevelt - along with former seventh-round pick Stevie Johnson.

Bills coach Chan Gailey admitted that defenses the last three weeks are likely to dare the Bills to beat them deep without Evans in the lineup.

Said Gailey: "Sure. I would expect that. I think they’re gonna look at it and squeeze everything down and see if they can execute the pass game. That’s smart on their part."

Gailey on Roosevelt, the former University at Buffalo star: "He’s got great quickness. He’s a very quick player. He’s got good instincts for playing the position. He hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet. We’ll see him get on the field and see what he can do in games. It’s a lot different in practice and in games. He’s at least been in some games now."

---Mark Gaughan

Season over for Evans and Nelson

Bills receiver Lee Evans' season is over. The seventh-year veteran was placed on injured reserve by the team late this afternoon. Evans suffered what's believed to be a high ankle sprain Sunday in the team's 13-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.

The designation means Evans will miss a game for the first time in his career. He's played in 109 straight games since joining the Bills as a first-round draft pick (13th overall) out of Wisconsin in 2004. He's also started 71 straight since the 2006 season.

It's a disappointing end to a disappointing season for the Bills' most experienced wideout. Evans has 37 catches for 578 yards, totals good for second on the team in both categories, but also career lows. He has four touchdowns, three of which came against Baltimore in Week Seven.

Tight end Shawn Nelson was also placed on the reserve non-football injury list, ending his season. Nelson has been suffering from migraine headaches in recent weeks.

It's been a lost season for the second-year tight end. Nelson was suspended for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, then was slowed by groin surgery that kept him off the field for another two weeks.

Nelson made his debut against the Ravens, only to lose a costly fumble in overtime. Baltimore kicked a game-winning field goal on the ensuing possession. Nelson has missed the last three games because of migraines.

The Bills added depth to their offensive line with the two roster spots vacated by Evans and Nelson, signing guards Colin Brown and Erik Pears. 

Brown, 6-foot-7 and 335 pounds, was signed off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad. A fifth-round pick by Kansas City in 2009, Brown spent his rookie season on the Chiefs' injured reserve list because of a calf injury. He played earlier this season in the UFL with the Hartford Colonials before joining the Ravens on Nov. 23.

Pears is also a towering presence, checking in at 6-foot-8 and 305 pounds. The fifth-year pro was cut by Jacksonville on Nov. 8. The journeyman has also played for Oakland and Denver.

With the Raiders in 2009 Pears made four starts and appeared in 12 games. He was cut by Oakland on Sept. 19.

Pears has made 30 career starts in the NFL, most of them coming with the Broncos in the 2006-07 seasons. He joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State.

The Bills also made a change to their practice squad, releasing offensive lineman Marc Dile and adding wide receiver Bobby Williams. The 6-4, 215-pounder was released from the Houston Texans' practice squad Oct. 5.

---Jay Skurski

Evans, Hangartner out for Miami game

Bills receiver Lee Evans has been ruled out for at least the next two games with an ankle injury. Coach Chan Gailey made that announcement during his address to the media this afternoon at One Bills Drive.

"I know it's going to be two [weeks] and it may even be a struggle for him to get back for the last one," Gailey said. "They [team trainers] are going to continue to give us updates on a daily basis, but it really doesn't look good right now. I hate it for him and I hate it for us."

Gailey said Evans' ankle was not broken. Asked whether it was a high ankle sprain, the coach responded: "Something like that. They [trainers] told me it was like that. To what extent, I don't know."

With just three games left in the season, injured reserve is clearly a possibility for Evans, who is second on the team this season with 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns. The Bills' current depth chart at receiver features seventh-round pick Stevie Johnson, then undrafted free agents David Nelson, Donald Jones and Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt.

Gailey said the Bills will consider making a roster move to add a fifth receiver.

"We're going to talk about it. You'd rather not go with just four, especially if you think you're going to play somewhat of a high percentage of four wides in the game, but sometimes other positions dictate that you can't go with five, so we'll see," he said.

Gailey also ruled center Geoff Hangartner out for Sunday at Miami.

"He won't be ready this week. It's going to be close really the rest of the year on him, but he's getting better," the coach said of Hangartner.

---Jay Skurski

Monday audio from One Bills Drive

The Bills returned to work Monday a day after their third victory of the season. Below are audio interviews from defensive tackle Kyle Williams, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and coach Chan Gailey.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Kyle Williams

Chan Gailey

---Jay Skurski

Bills Replay Live Chat


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Postgame audio from the Bills' win

For your listening pleasure, here you go:

Eric Wood

David Nelson

Fred Jackson

Arthur Moats

Kyle Williams

Head coach Chan Gailey

---Jay Skurski


McGee set to return

Bills cornerback Terrence McGee got through practice this week without any setbacks and was declared ready to play on Sunday. McGee missed the last two games after aggravating a nerve problem in the back of his knee during a Week 11 win at Cincinnati. He was out five other games after surgery was performed to correct the ailment.

The Bills are hoping McGee can stay on the field. He has been their best cover corner for the last three years. And with all due respect to Drayton Florence and Leodis McKelvin, the secondary is much better when McGee is back there because he rarely makes bad decisions.

---Allen Wilson

Migraines sideline Nelson again

Bills tight end Shawn Nelson won't play Sunday against the Browns because he has yet to recover from migraine headaches that kept him out of last week's game at Minnesota. The migraines returned after Nelson practiced Wednesday.

Nose tackle Kyle Williams was added to the injury report Friday after waking up with a sore neck. He did not participate in the part of practice the media is allowed to watch, but he was seen walking into a production meeting with CBS game broadcasters after the workout and will play Sunday.

 ---Allen Wilson


Two Bills get fined

A couple of Bills players are a little lighter in the wallet after receiving word from the NFL Friday that they were receiving fines for unnecessary roughness penalties in last Sunday's loss at Minnesota.

Backup running back Quinton Ganther was fined $5,000 for hitting Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Starting left guard Andy Levitre was docked $7,500 for a late hit on a Vikings defender.

The Bills had four personal foul penalties last Sunday, but the hits by Ganther and Levitre were the most egregious because both were completely avoidable.

---Allen Wilson

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