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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


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