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Bills activate some young scratches to see what they can do

By Tim Graham

TAMPA, Fla. -- A few Buffalo Bills youngsters will get a chance to show what they can do this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium.

Activated today are a few players who haven't been dressing. Among them are running back Ronnie Wingo, guard J.J. Unga and linebacker Ty Powell. Tight end Chris Gragg, who played six straight games but was benched last week, will dress again today.

Buccaneers who were listed with injuries but will dress include cornerback Darrelle Revis and receivers Vincent Jackson and Chris Owusu, who had hamstring strains.

Buccaneers defensive end Steven Means, a Buffalo native, will dress.

Here are all the inactives for today's game:

Buffalo Bills

  • Quarterback Jeff Tuel
  • Fullback Frank Summers
  • Tight end Tony Moeaki
  • Guard Mark Asper
  • Guard Antoine McClain
  • Linebacker Jamaal Westerman
  • Cornerback Brandon Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Fullback Lonnie Pryor
  • Guard Patrick Omameh
  • Guard Carl Nicks
  • Defensive tackle Gary Gibson
  • Linebacker Danny Lansanah
  • Cornerback Deveron Carr
  • Safety Bradley McDougald

Bills promote OL Mark Asper to 53-man roster, release G Colin Brown

By Jay Skurski

Colin Brown's tenure with the Buffalo Bills is over.

The team today released Brown, who started the first five games of the season at left guard, and replaced him on the 53-man roster by promoting offensive lineman Mark Asper from the practice squad.

Brown, 28, struggled throughout the season. Coach Doug Marrone said last week he would rotate Brown with Doug Legursky against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Six. Brown, however, got only 12 snaps to Legursky's 57.

Marrone was asked Monday afternoon whether Legursky had earned the starting job.

"I haven't talked to those players yet, but I thought Doug did a nice job in there for just coming back. Colin has struggled before and we did play Doug much more than we did Colin," Marrone said. "I don't really like talking about it until I've talked to the players, which I haven't yet. That's a situation that hasn't occurred and when I update those guys, I'll update that answer."

That came in the form of today's release of Brown.

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Bills add five to practice squad

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills announced the following five players have been added to their practice squad:

    • Guard Mark Asper    
    • Defensive end Jamie Blatnick
    • Defensive end Izaan Cross
    • Quarterback Thad Lewis
    • Wide receiver Tommy Streeter

Asper, 27, a 6-foot-7, 325-pounder Oregon product re-joins the organization that originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After being cut by the Bills at the end of training camp last year, he spent time on the 53-man rosters of the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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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.

@JaySkurski | [email protected]

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