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Bills place NFL's best punt returner, Leodis McKelvin, on IR

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have placed cornerback and return ace Leodis McKelvin on injured reserve and have brought back linebacker Kirk Morrison.

McKelvin was deactivated from Sunday's game with a groin injury.

He has been one of the NFL's best return men this year. He ranks fourth in kickoff returns with a 28.3-yard average and first in punt returns with an 18.7-yard average.

McKelvin returned an NFL-best two punts for touchdowns this year, including a 79-yarder against the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. It was the Bills' only touchdown in a five-point victory.

Brad Smith handled kickoff returns and Justin Rogers was the punt returner Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the Rogers Centre.

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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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Jay Skurski

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