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Bills make a pair of changes to active roster; sign QB Dennis Dixon to practice squad

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills continued to tweak the bottom of their 53-man roster by signing linebacker Ty Powell and cornerback Brandon Smith. To make room for them, the team released linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams.

Powell, 25, was signed off the New York Giants' practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in April. He was released prior to the start of the regular season and has spent time on the practice squad for both Seattle and the Giants. He started his collegiate career at DeAnza College and finished it at Harding -- proving if you can play, NFL scouts will find you.

Smith, 26, is a converted wide receiver who joined the team's practice squad Sept. 10 after being released by Green Bay on Sept. 10. The 6-1, 205-pounder originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.

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Bills bring back DT Jay Ross; make practice squad change

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills today filled the roster spot created Monday when defensive end Alex Carrington was placed on injured reserve by re-signing defensive lineman Jay Ross.

Ross, 25, is a 6-foot-3, 319-pounder who was released two weeks ago after making the 53-man roster out of training camp. The East Carolina product played in one game for the Bills last season, spending most of the year on the team's practice squad. Ross was released after being inactive for the season opener against the New England Patriots due to a numbers crunch at cornerback. The team lost Ron Brooks in Week One, and promoted Johnny Adams from the practice squad to take his place.

Carrington had surgery for a torn quad Monday, an injury that ended his season.

The Bills also made a change to their practice squad, releasing defensive end Izaan Cross and signing defensive end Adewale Ojomo.

Ojomo, 24, is a 6-foot-4, 270-pounder who played in college at Miami. He joined the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2012, appearing in one game. He was most recently on the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad.

Defensive back Brandon Smith added to practice squad

By Jay Skurski

With cornerback Johnny Adams being added to the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster earlier in the day, the team had an opening on its practice squad.

It filled that this evening by signing defensive back Brandon Smith. 

Smith comes to the Bills after being released by the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Arizona State product originally came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Smith also spent time in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.

He played in 25 career games with the Sun Devils in college, making four starts at cornerback.

CB Johnny Adams called up from practice squad; Jay Ross released

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills added another cornerback to their 53-man roster this afternoon by promoting rookie Johnny Adams from the practice squad.

Adams, 24, is a 5-foot-11, 177-pound rookie out of Michigan State. He originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following this year's draft, and also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts before signing with the Bills' practice squad earlier this month.

Adams started 39 games and played in 54 for the Spartans, making 157 tackles, 35 passes defensed and 11 interceptions. He becomes the fifth healthy cornerback on the Bills' roster, behind Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers, Nickell Robey and Brandon Burton. The Bills also have the injured Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and Ron Brooks (foot) on the roster.

To make room for Adams, the Bills released defensive tackle Jay Ross. Ross, 25, was a healthy inactive Sunday. He spent most of last season on the practice squad, appearing in one game.

Bills fill out practice squad

Johnny Adams ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine. (Associated Press)

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills completed their eight-player practice squad today with the signings of cornerback Johnny Adams, offensive tackle Edawn Coughman and running back Ronnie Wingo.

Adams, 24, signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following this year's NFL draft. He spent time with both the Texans and Indianapolis Colts in training camp before being released Aug. 26. The 5-foot-11, 177-pounder started 39 of 54 career games in college at Michigan State, making 157 tackles, 35 passes defensed and 11 interceptions.

Coughman, 25, came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. He spent a portion of last season on their practice squad, then signed in May with the Dallas Cowboys. He was released overthe weekend. Coughman, a 6-4, 313-pounder, played 11 nine games with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League in 2011 after playing collegiately at Shaw.

Wingo was an undrafted free agent signing of the Atlanta Falcons after this year's draft. He was part of the team's final cuts over the weekend. The 22-year-old, 6-3, 231-pounder played in college at Arkansas, where he was teammates with current Bills tight end Chris Gragg. Wingo gained 1,089 yards on 206 carries with eight touchdowns in 49 college games.


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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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