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Bills fill spots with CB Crezdon Butler, OT Thomas Welch

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills left two spots open on their 53-man roster Tuesday. This morning, they filled them.

The Bills announced they've signed cornerback Crezdon Butler from the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad and free-agent tackle Thomas Welch.

Butler was a teammate of Bills running back C.J. Spiller at Clemson. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Butler in the fifth round in 2010.

He has bounced around the NFL, playing four games with the Steelers as a rookie, one game with the Cardinals last year, two games with the Washington Redskins and one more with the Cardinals this year.

Welch, 6 foot 7 and 310 pounds, was with the Philadelphia Eagles in training camp but didn't make their roster. The New England Patriots drafted him in the seventh round in 2010. He played three games for the Patriots last year, starting one, and five games for the St. Louis Rams.

The Bills opened up the spots with some moves Tuesday, placing right tackle Erik Pears and cornerback Terrence McGee on injured reserve and releasing kickoff specialist John Potter.

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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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