By Jay Skurski
Offensive tackle Chris Hairston, who was expected to compete for the starting job on the right side of the Buffalo Bills' offensive line this season, will not get that chance.
Hairston's season is over after the Bills moved him to their reserve/non-football injury list this afternoon.
Hairston did not practice at all during training camp while on the team's active/physically unable to perform list. His activity was limited to slow walks around the practice field at St. John Fisher College.
The move means Erik Pears is the likely starter on the right side, with Thomas Welch serving as the team's "swing tackle," the primary backup to both Pears and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn.
The Bills' active roster now sits at 75 players, meeting the maximum that will be allowed at the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday. Safety Jairus Byrd has a two-week exemption from counting against that number.
Additionally, the Bills reached an injury settlement with guard Keith Williams and released him from injured reserve.
taggedChris Hairston | Cordy Glenn | Erik Pears | Jairus Byrd | Thomas Welch