AFC East: Dennis Dixon
However, the Bills will now have Dixon on their practice squad, adding another layer to one of the volatile quarterback situations in the NFL. Dixon was a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 who has three career starts.
The Bills also made several changes to the back end of their 53-man roster. They signed linebacker Ty Powell off the New York Giants' practice squad, signed cornerback Brandon Smith off their own practice squad and waived linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams.
Powell, who played at Harding, was a seventh-round draft selection of the Seattle Seahawks this season. At 6-foot-2, 249 pounds, he will likely contribute to special teams for the Bills.
At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Smith is the largest defensive back on the Bills' roster. An undrafted free agent in 2011, Smith was out of football last season before joining the Green Bay Packers for their most recent training camp.
Dowtin and Adams both were special-teams contributors for Buffalo.
ESPN "First Take" resident disputant Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard discuss whether New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick deserved to win the Associated Press 2010 Coach of the Year Award -- and who might've been snubbed.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday reduced Roethlisberger's suspension from six games to four. The Pittsburgh Steelers' sixth game is against the Miami Dolphins, the only AFC East team that will be affected by Goodell's decision.
Miami would have a better chance versus Pittsburgh's alternative than against Roethlisberger in Sun Life Stadium.
Pittsburgh's top backup quarterback, Byron Leftwich, reportedly will miss the first two to four weeks with a sprained knee ligament. That leaves the job to Dennis Dixon, who’s entering his third season but has played in only two games.
The AFC East plays the AFC North this year.
The Steelers play the New England Patriots in Week 10, the Buffalo Bills in Week 12 and the New York Jets in Week 15.
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It will be the second time in the past three games Warren has been scratched with a groin injury. Also out for the Patriots is running back LaMont Jordan for the eighth straight game because of a calf problem. Jordan practiced quite a bit this week, raising hopes he would be available.
Here is the complete list of inactives for the game:
- QB Dennis Dixon
- CB Bryant McFadden
- CB Fernando Bryant
- RB Najeh Davenport
- LB Bruce Davis
- T Tony Hills
- T Marvel Smith
- DE Brett Keisel
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