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Bills add Ruvell Martin as 5th WR

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills gave themselves a little more leeway on the roster at the wide receiver position today by adding Ruvell Martin back to the 53-man squad. Martin now gives the team five true wideouts. As expected, rookie cornerback Ron Brooks was placed on the injured reserve list. Brooks underwent surgery on his foot last week.

Brooks could return to the roster this season, under the terms of a new IR rule passed last week. Each team can bring back one player off IR during the season as long as he spends at least six weeks on IR. (Actually, he is allowed to return to practice after six weeks and is allowed to be activated after eight weeks.)  

Martin, 30, played 14 games for the Bills last season and was used mostly on special teams. Brooks would have been a prime candidate for the gunner (wide) position on punt coverage. Martin can do that job. He tied for second on the Bills last season in special teams tackles. A seventh-year veteran, Martin filled in at WR when injuries hit late in the year and caught seven passes last season.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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