AFC East: C.J. Hawthorne
They have sent 20 players to injured reserve, adding linebacker Nic Harris to the list Friday.
To illustrate how badly the Bills have been ravaged by injuries, I've put together a complete catalog. The rundown includes one player, receiver C.J. Hawthorne, who's on the practice squad IR.
The rest, however, are on the standard list.
Thirteen of them have started at least one game, as designated by an asterisk.
What you'll see here are players from the opening night starting lineup: both tackles, the right guard, a tight end, two linebackers and both cornerbacks. You'll also see am NFL defensive rookie of the year candidate.
You won't see quarterback Trent Edwards, who probably should be on the list. When he suffered a high ankle sprain two weeks ago, interim coach Perry Fewell said Edwards wouldn't play again. But the Bills have chosen to keep Edwards on the active roster rather than add an extra body.
- Tackle Demetrius Bell*
- Linebacker Marcus Buggs*
- Tackle Brad Butler*
- Safety Jairus Byrd*
- Linebacker Keith Ellison*
- Tight end Derek Fine*
- Running back Justise Hairston
- Linebacker Nic Harris
- Receiver C.J. Hawthorne
- Cornerback Terrence McGee*
- Defensive end Jermaine McGhee
- Cornerback Leodis McKelvin*
- Guard Seth McKinney*
- Linebacker Kawika Mitchell*
- Center Marvin Philip
- Defensive back Lydell Sargeant
- Tight end Derek Schouman*
- Guard Kendall Simmons*
- Defensive end Marcus Smith
- Guard Eric Wood*
The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday afternoon the eight players who will comprise their practice squad to start the season.
The following players cleared waivers and signed up for the taxi squad:
The Bills signed Hawthorne, who wasn't drafted out of Hawaii, in August when LT Jason Peters didn't report, leaving a spot open on the 80-man camp roster. Hawthorne began his college career as a CB, but was converted to give Heisman Trophy candidate Colt Brennan another target. Hawthorne had 61 catches for 859 yards and six touchdowns.
Stupar is an undrafted rookie from Virginia who spent the preseason with the New England Patriots. He had three catches for 11 yards in exhibition play.
The Buffalo Bills have released five players, none of them surprises.
All were either rookies or players without NFL game experience.
Nua has been around the longest. He spent 2005 and 2006 on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad and last year was on the Bills practice squad for the final five games.
Baker's release means Gibran Hamdan likely will remain the No. 3 QB unless the Bills decide to start the season with only two, as they did last year. But given the injury histories of Trent Edwards and J.P. Losman, Hamdan probably is safe.