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Kelsay on IR; Bills promote two

By Mark Gaughan

Tenth-year Buffalo Bills veteran Chris Kelsay is done for the season.

The Bills placed the defensive end on injured reserve today due to the neck injury that has sidelined him for most of the past four games. Meanwhile, the Bills added guard Keith WIlliams and cornerback T.J. Heath to the 53-man roster.

Kelsay finishes his season with 12 tackles and two sacks. He had averaged 35 snaps a game over the first eight games of the season -- 51 percent of the defensive plays. The Bills' defense has not missed him due tot he emergence of defensive end Kyle Moore, who has started the last four games due to the injuries to Kelsay and Mark Anderson.

Could this be the end of the line for Kelsay in Buffalo?

It's possible. The status of other players likely will play into the decision. Kelsay still has two years to go on his contract. He's due to make $4.57 million next season. It's possible the Bills could ask him to come back for less money. The Bills surely want to keep Moore, but his contract is up after this season.

Williams spent the past five weeks on the practice squad. He entered the league as a sixth-round pick of the Steelers last season. He joins the roster in the wake of the knee injury to Eric Wood, which will keep Wood out at least two games. Heath has spent all this season on the Bills' practice squad. He was cut by Cincinnati in September.

Meanwhile, the Bills added offensive tackles Adam Grant and J.B. Shugarts to the practice squad.

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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 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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