Buffalo Bills: Ty Powell

Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders:

Defensive ends:
Jerry Hughes -- 56 of 72
Mario Williams -- 56 of 72
Manny Lawson -- 17 of 72
Jarius Wynn -- 17 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: This was Wynn's first game back since injuring his knee in a Nov. 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was once again part of a healthy rotation on the defensive line, one that saw Hughes and Williams play 78 percent of snaps.

Defensive tackles:
Kyle Williams -- 61 of 72
Corbin Bryant -- 44 of 72
Stefan Charles -- 30 of 72
Marcell Dareus -- 11 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: Dareus going down with a knee injury early in the second quarter dealt a crushing blow to the Bills' run defense. They allowed 5 yards on six carries (0.83 yard average) before his injury and 135 yards on 30 carries (4.5 yard average) after his injury.

Linebackers:
Preston Brown -- 72 of 72
Nigel Bradham -- 67 of 72
Brandon Spikes -- 38 of 72
Ty Powell -- 6 of 72
Keith Rivers -- 6 of 72
Larry Dean -- 0 of 72 (inactive)
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 72 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: This was more of a Spikes game, as the Raiders played with a lead and were in run-first mode for most the contest. The Bills also used Powell and Rivers as part of their sub packages, opting for an extra linebacker on the field instead of a safety or defensive lineman. Part of that seemed to be aimed at confusing rookie Derek Carr as to which players would be coming his way at the snap.

Cornerbacks:
Corey Graham -- 70 of 72
Stephon Gilmore -- 38 of 72
Nickell Robey -- 34 of 72
Ron Brooks -- 21 of 72
Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 72 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Gilmore left in the second half with concussion-like symptoms and was replaced by Brooks in the defensive lineup, yet it was the veteran, Graham, who allowed the 51-yard catch by Andre Holmes that helped seal the Raiders' win.

Safeties:
Aaron Williams -- 66 of 72
Da'Norris Searcy -- 66 of 72
Bacarri Rambo -- 12 of 72
Duke Williams -- 3 of 72

Quick-hit thoughts: With Searcy returning to the lineup after sitting out last week's game, the Bills switched up their strategy at this position. Duke Williams, usually a part of the dime package, had his playing time reduced in favor of a linebacker (Powell or Rivers). Rambo rotated in with the starting group.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

 Goodwin pulled up late in practice on Thursday with the injury and did not practice Friday.

His absence could create an opportunity for Mike Williams, who was deactivated last week, to be active and potentially receive playing time.

Linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) have also been ruled out for Sunday.

Here is the Bills' full Friday injury report:

Out:
WR Marcus Easley (out; did not participate)
WR Marquise Goodwin (out; did not participate)
LB Ty Powell (out; did not participate)

Probable:
S Da'Norris Searcy (knee; limited participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; limited participation)
DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck; limited participation)
LS Garrison Sanborn (knee; full participation)
Dareus
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to practice Thursday after being excused from Wednesday's practice.

Dareus missed Wednesday's practice for a family matter.

Meanwhile, linebacker Ty Powell (ankle) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) did not practice for a second consecutive day Thursday.

Long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee) was on the practice field again Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday. The Bills worked out long snappers Charley Hughlett and Kevin McDermott on Wednesday as a precaution, ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates reported.

Bills must dig deeper at linebacker

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Days after losing Kiko Alonso to a season-ending knee injury, the Buffalo Bills signed veteran Stevenson Sylvester to bulk up the depth chart at linebacker.

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Now the Bills have lost Sylvester to a season-ending knee injury. Though Sylvester wasn't expected to start in Alonso's place, he was considered a strong possibility to make the 53-man roster.

Losing Sylvester could hurt the Bills most on special teams, where Sylvester excelled in four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his place, the Bills could lean more on Ty Powell and rookie Randell Johnson for roles on special teams.

Here is a refresher of the Bills' depth chart at linebacker:

Keith Rivers (starter, strong side)
Brandon Spikes (starter, middle)
Nigel Bradham (starter, weak side)
Preston Brown
Randell Johnson
Ty Powell
Jimmy Gaines
Xavius Boyd

The Bills must find a replacement for Bradham in the starting lineup for Week 1. They have used Brown in that spot during practice this week and he's the favorite to take over during Bradham's one-game suspension.

Since Bradham won't count against the roster in Week 1, we predicted that Sylvester would earn the spot as the sixth linebacker. Now, we foresee the Bills keeping only five linebackers on the roster for the opener. Gaines and Boyd, both undrafted free agents, have played sparingly in the preseason and don't seem likely to be on the active roster for Week 1.
Earlier Monday, we posted our latest Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection and as a follow-up, we broke down the 35 cuts to get to the limit.

There were five players that we considered "on the bubble" and two other players who were "rusted locks," meaning there were seven players who came close to making the cut. If any of those seven players were included on the 53-man projection, which seven players would be the first to go?

Here's our answer to that question:

No. 53: Stevenson Sylvester: We included Sylvester on the 53-man projection almost entirely because of a one-game suspension for Nigel Bradham. Since Bradham is likely to return for Week 2, it's essentially a case of which player the Bills want to keep for an extra week. Since Ty Powell is dealing with a "medical" issue, and Bradham is suspended, the Bills could be down to as few as four linebackers for their opener in Chicago. That could create an opportunity for Sylvester to be the fifth linebacker that day and contribute on special teams.

No. 52: Corbin Bryant: One of the more wide-open battles on the roster is for the backup spot to Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus at defensive tackle. Bryant and Stefan Charles have been the first on the field at that position in the preseason, followed by Landon Cohen, Damien Jacobs, and Alan Branch. Of those last three, Cohen's play has stood out the most. However, if the Bills must limit themselves to four defensive tackles, then Charles and Bryant are projected to get the nod in this projection.

No. 51: Chris Gragg: This one is tied to the health of Tony Moeaki. The Bills kept four tight ends at the end of last season and we could easily see them going down to three tight ends to start this season. But if Moeaki isn't fully healthy by Week 1, it could open a spot for Gragg. He has been fairly quiet this preseason and could be an ideal candidate for the practice squad, but until we have more clarity on Moeaki's status we'll keep Gragg on the projection.

No. 50: Ty Powell: Powell's "medical" status bears watching, as he has been out of practice for more than a week. When Powell has played in the preseason, he has been with the third team, which is somewhat of a red flag. Because of his special teams contributions and the Bills' relative lack of depth at linebacker, we think he should be safe for the 53-man roster, barring his health condition being serious.

No. 49: Doug Legursky: Legursky started 11 games last season so I don't think the team would take any decision to cut him lightly. While he is undersized, he is experienced and has the versatility to play both guard and center. If Chris Williams returns healthy for Week 1, and Kraig Urbik retains his starting job at right guard, I would project Legursky as the top interior backup active for the opener. That would likely mean Cyril Richardson would be a game day inactive. The alternative would be to cut Legursky and have Richardson as the game-day backup. He has been limited to just right guard this preseason though, so Urbik would need to move to center or left guard in the event of an injury.

No. 48: Stefan Charles: The story is the same as Bryant's. The Bills will need to decide which two players they want to backup Williams and Dareus. For right now, we'll give Charles (and Bryant) the edge over Cohen.

No. 47: Ron Brooks: Brooks has practiced and played well this preseason and is deserving of a spot. However, he's locked in a numbers game at cornerback. His roster spot is likely safe if the Bills keep six cornerbacks, but if they go fewer than that, he'd be the first player out.
Before the Buffalo Bills switch gears this week for joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers, let's circle back on the Bills' Friday night preseason win over the Carolina Panthers.

Here is a breakdown of the defensive snaps, grouped by the order in which players entered the game on defense:

Defensive end
Mario Williams -- 14 of 75 (starter)
Jerry Hughes -- 13 of 75 (starter)
Manny Lawson -- 18 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Jarius Wynn -- 24 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Jacquies Smith -- 29 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Ikponmwosa Igbinosun -- 30 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Bryan Johnson -- 22 of 75 (entered in fourth quarter)

Quick-hit thoughts: Nothing too surprising here. Lawson and Wynn gave Williams and Hughes a breather on the Panthers' touchdown drive in the first quarter. Smith was the first on the field among the remaining three, highlighting his status as a player who could push for a roster spot with a strong remainder of the preseason.

Defensive tackle
Kyle Williams -- 13 of 75 (starter)
Marcell Dareus -- 13 of 75 (starter)
Landon Cohen -- 31 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Corbin Bryant -- 13 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Stefan Charles -- 36 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Alan Branch -- 16 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Damien Jacobs -- 23 of 75 (entered in fourth quarter)

Quick-hit thoughts: The shuffle continues at this position, as Cohen and Bryant were the first pair to spell Williams and Dareus in the first quarter. They remained the duo through the first half, until the start of the second half when Charles and, later, Branch saw time. That's not a good sign for the 29-year old Branch, who also played deep into the second half in the Hall of Fame game. His role on the team is tenuous.

Linebacker
Brandon Spikes -- 16 of 75 (starter)
Keith Rivers -- 11 of 75 (starter)
Nigel Bradham -- 14 of 75 (starter)
Stevenson Sylvester -- 25 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Preston Brown -- 20 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Randell Johnson -- 25 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Jimmy Gaines -- 34 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Ty Powell -- 39 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Xavius Boyd -- 12 of 75 (entered in fourth quarter)

Quick-hit thoughts: Sylvester came on as a fourth linebacker when the Panthers' first-team offense had their heavy offensive personnel on the field. He stayed out there with Brown, Johnson, and the second team defense. The two draft picks have been playing ahead of Powell, whose spot on the 53-man roster would likely come through his contributions on special teams.

Cornerback
Stephon Gilmore -- 16 of 75 (starter)
Corey Graham -- 15 of 75 (starter)
Nickell Robey -- 11 of 75 (entered in first quarter)
Ron Brooks -- 20 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Bobby Felder -- 22 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Ross Cockrell -- 27 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Mario Butler -- 30 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Kamaal McIlwain -- 17 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Michael Carter -- 25 of 75 (entered in fourth quarter)
Leodis McKelvin -- 0 of 75 (did not play)

Quick-hit thoughts: What stands out the most is that the Bills continue to use Cockrell exclusively as a slot cornerback in preseason games. He still received a healthy dose of reps, but at some point it would make sense for the fourth-round pick to get some game experience on the outside. Instead, the Bills used a combo of Felder -- who signed with the team during training camp -- and Brooks as their outside cornerbacks behind the starters.

Safety
Aaron Williams -- 16 of 75 (starter)
Duke Williams -- 15 of 75 (starter)
Da'Norris Searcy -- 12 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Jonathan Meeks -- 47 of 75 (entered in second quarter)
Deon Broomfield -- 48 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
JaJuan Harley -- 12 of 75 (entered in third quarter)
Derek Brim -- 0 of 75 (injured/did not play)
Kenny Ladler -- 0 of 75 (injured/did not play)

Quick-hit thoughts: Searcy being bumped from his starting role could have been a result of him not practicing last week because of a family emergency. He saw a small dose of reps in the second quarter and was off the field after that. Duke Williams remains a "rising" player to watch. He and Searcy were the top safety combo in practice over the weekend, with Aaron Williams running with the second team. Duke Williams' first 15 months in Buffalo were quiet, but he's been coming on strong lately.

Bills Bubble Watch: Ty Powell

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(Continuing a monthlong series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: Ty Powell

Position: Linebacker

Age: 26

2013 stats: Five games (no starts), nine tackles

Chance of making 53-man roster: 75 percent

Why he should make it: Like Nigel Bradham, Powell's roster chances will benefit from Kiko Alonso's season-ending injury. Even if he's not in the mix to start in Alonso's place -- Preston Brown and Bradham are likely the first two names up -- Powell has a strong case for a roster spot. He's considered to be among the Bills' better special-teams players and has versatility to play both inside and outside linebacker.

Why he shouldn't make it: The top four players at the position -- Keith Rivers, Brandon Spikes, Brown, and Bradham -- are basically set. After that, the competition could be wide open for reserve and special-teams roles. Seventh-round draft pick Randell Johnson will be in that mix, as will Nathan Williams, a first-year player. There are also three undrafted rookies on the roster vying for roles. It would take a strong effort from two or more of those players to push Powell off the roster, but it's a possibility.

Closest competition: Johnson, Williams, undrafted rookie

Bills moving Kiko Alonso to OLB

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The "Legend of Kiko" will continue ... elsewhere.

Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, who played every snap at middle linebacker last season, will move to outside linebacker under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, general manager Doug Whaley said Friday.

Alonso
"That right now is the plan," Whaley told WGR 550. "We're going to move him outside. Have Keith Rivers on the other outside [spot]."

Alonso finished second in voting for the Associated Press' defensive rookie of the year award last season. His 159 tackles were third in the NFL, while he added four interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble.

The Bills believe moving Alonso, presumably to the weak-side, will free him up to make more plays.

"We think with his athletic ability, his speed, and his instincts, why limit him by having to take on those big guards? Let's cover him up and let him run and hit," Whaley said.

Whaley said Rivers, who the Bills signed Wednesday, will compete for a starting job at the other outside linebacker spot. He started eight games for the New York Giants last season but they weren't expected to bring him back.

Schwartz is expected to change the Bills' scheme to a more traditional, 4-3 look. That means Manny Lawson -- who started 15 games on the edge in Mike Pettine's "46" style defense last season -- doesn't have a well-defined role in the new system.

"I think he's going to be a hybrid player. He's going to be able to bring us something as an outside linebacker but also come off the edge as a defensive end," Whaley said. "His versatility is going to be utilized within this system. That we think is going to be very valuable for us."

Lawson, who is entering the second year of a four-year deal, received a $500,000 roster bonus Thursday. He will count $3.1 million against the Bills' salary cap this season.

Where do the Bills turn at middle linebacker? Whaley said the team will consider options already on its roster, which are slim.

"We're going to have to field an inside backer. We have some guys on campus now that we're excited about and we're going to keep our eyes open for anybody else that is out there," Whaley said. "Ty Powell is a guy that we're excited about. We brought [him] in last year off the New York Giants' practice squad. He played on special teams. He came in and actually played in the defensive package during the season. We're excited about him and we believe he'll take that next step coming up this season."

Powell, a seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, played in five games as a reserve late last season.

The other possibility is Nigel Bradham, whose playing time dropped significantly last season and is probably better suited as a weak-side linebacker.
Back in September, we broke down the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster, position-by-position. Now that the Bills' season has ended, we'll review those grades:

Position: Linebacker (preseason grades)

SNAP COUNTS
Kiko Alonso -- 100 percent
Manny Lawson -- 61.7 percent
Arthur Moats -- 25.6 percent
Nigel Bradham -- 24.9 percent
Jamaal Westerman -- 5.3 percent
Marcus Dowtin -- 1.5 percent
Ty Powell -- 1.3 percent

DEPTH

Preseason take: Mike Pettine's defense often calls for more defensive backs than it does linebackers, making depth less of a concern here. Dowtin and Westerman are good special-teams players with experience in Pettine's system, but don't figure to play much, if any, of a role on defense. The Bills really only need two full-time players out of this position, and they have them in Alonso and Lawson. Beyond that, Moats and Bradham are viable insurance options. Grade: B

Postseason review: As expected, Dowtin and Westerman did not play much of a role on defense and were eventually phased out on special teams in favor of Powell. Both Alonso and Lawson stayed healthy as the top two options -- Lawson missed one game with a hamstring injury -- so Moats and Bradham were never thrust into a starting role. The grade, then, seems accurate. Had Alonso or Lawson missed any extended time, it would have been a blow to the defense.

RELIABILITY

Preseason take: Lawson has played 16 games in each of his last four seasons, making him one of the team's most reliable players from a health standpoint. However, the Bills will need to lean on Alonso a lot this season -- and played all 91 snaps in Sunday's loss -- and that could be a risky move with a rookie, especially one who may have responsibilities to make defensive calls in pressure situations. Grade: B-

Postseason review: The Bills leaned on Alonso for every snap of the season and he held up very well. Were there occasional lapses from the rookie? There were, such as on Bobby Rainey's 80-yard touchdown run in Tampa. Did he start to wear down late in the season? Quite possibly, especially as he was hobbled by a knee injury in the final month of the season. But the Bills got more than what most expected from Alonso, who proved himself reliable. This grade should have been higher.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Last Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave the Buffalo Bills coaching staff its first significant opportunity to evaluate players who have otherwise been buried on the depth chart this season.

Guard J.J. Unga played seven snaps in place of Kraig Urbik at right guard, while Ty Powell came on for Manny Lawson at linebacker for seven snaps as well.

This week, Unga could start in place of Urbik, who injured his foot, while Marrone said Powell performed well and is in line for more playing time going forward.

With just three games left, the Bills won't have much of a chance to give other players a look, and coming off their worst loss of the season, coach Doug Marrone knows that there are more important goals for the team.

"For us, the most important thing for us is that we have to win a game. We have to put the best guys out there in the best position that we possibly can to win," he said Thursday.

But once Week 17 comes and goes, the Bills won't be able to evaluate their bottom-of-the-roster players in live action until next August. Other than Unga and Powell, here's a look at which players could get an audition in the final three games:

RB Ronnie Wingo -- After the Bills released veteran Tashard Choice, the writing was on the wall for Wingo to receive more playing time. He was active Sunday and played four snaps. The Bills will likely add another running back this offseason, either through the draft or free agency, but Wingo will still be in the mix for a roster spot, especially if he shows something late this season.

WR Chris Hogan -- The Bills got Hogan on the field for eight snaps in Sunday's loss. Now in his third season in the NFL, there may be limited upside for the former lacrosse player, but he can still have a serviceable career as a fifth or sixth receiver.

TEs Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg -- Moeaki is a veteran, but is coming off an injury and is essentially trying out for the Bills over the final month of the season. Gragg played eight snaps in Sunday's game but earned his first career start. Both players will be in the mix for roster spots next season, but neither is guaranteed anything.

OL Mark Asper, Antoine McClain, Jamaal Johnson-Webb, and Edawn Coughman -- In addition to Unga, these are the young linemen that the Bills have in their system. Unga appears to be leading the pack, but any of these players -- including Johnson-Webb and Coughman, who are on the practice squad -- could be worth a look late in these final games.

DT Stefan Charles -- The Canadian product was impressive in limited action against the Chiefs, which was his Buffalo debut. Since then, he's recorded just three tackles in four games, but it would make sense for his playing time to get increased down the stretch. Veterans Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus could both use a lighter workload.

Safeties Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks -- Drafted in back-to-back rounds last April, neither rookie has seen much playing time on defense. The Bills could have a hole at safety this offseason if Jairus Byrd departs through free agency, and at some point, the Bills need to know whether Williams or Meeks can help fill it.

Defensive snaps: Bradham gets spike

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TAMPA, Fla. -- A look at snaps played by Buffalo Bills defensive players, while analyzing how the totals reflect the way players were used (totals provided by the NFL):

LB Kiko Alonso -- 66 of 66
S Jairus Byrd -- 66 of 66
CB Leodis McKelvin -- 66 of 66
CB Stephon Gilmore -- 64 of 66
S Aaron Williams -- 64 of 66
DT Marcell Dareus -- 59 of 66
DT Kyle Williams -- 53 of 66
DE Mario Williams -- 52 of 66
LB Manny Lawson -- 49 of 66
LB Nigel Bradham -- 47 of 66
DT Alan Branch -- 47 of 66
OLB Jerry Hughes -- 25 of 66
CB Nickell Robey -- 19 of 66
DL Corbin Bryant -- 18 of 66
S Da'Norris Searcy -- 12 of 66
DT Stefan Charles -- 10 of 66
LB Ty Powell -- 7 of 66
LB Arthur Moats -- 2 of 66
CB Ron Brooks -- 0 of 66
S Jim Leonhard -- 0 of 66
S Duke Williams -- 0 of 66

ANALYSIS: Bradham saw a sharp increase in snaps after being largely phased out of the defense for most of the season. In contrast, Moats played only two snaps. Was that a matter of game plan or a trend going forward? We'll have to see. ... Powell played seven snaps in place of Lawson, likely for evaluation purposes. On Monday, coach Doug Marrone said the Bills will look to get Powell more playing time in the coming games. ... Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant were rotated into the mix along the defensive line. ... Among defensive backs, Searcy played only 12 snaps, while Brooks and Leonhard did not appear on defense. That was likely the result of the Buccaneers staying in more 'regular' personnel packages for much of the game.
TAMPA -- Offering some halftime thoughts as the Buffalo Bills trail the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-3:

1. This is an ugly one. The Bills have struggled in all three phases of the game. On offense, EJ Manuel has thrown two interceptions, including one that bounced off the hands of Stevie Johnson. Defensively, the Bills allowed an 80-yard touchdown run to Bobby Rainey on the game's second play, which set the tone. On special teams, Leodis McKelvin muffed a punt that was recovered by the Bucs.

2. This doesn't mean much within the game itself, but it's important in the larger context of where the Bills are this season: Bottom-of-the-roster players have begun to see playing time, likely for evaluation purposes. J.J. Unga played a few drives at right guard in place of Kraig Urbik, while linebacker Ty Powell stepped in for Manny Lawson for another drive. Expect to see more of that the rest of the afternoon, with Ronnie Wingo in line to see some carries in the later stages of the game.

3. Buffalo's running game has been hot and cold all season. Despite the warm Florida temperatures, they've been cold today. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have combined for 24 yards on nine first-half carries.

4. The Bills have dodged a few injuries today. In the first quarter, punter Brian Moorman went down after getting hit in the leg after a punt. He was on the field for the next punt. Then in the second quarter, cornerback Ron Brooks stayed down for an extended period with an apparent neck injury, but later returned.

5. Hey, at least this game isn't being played in snowy Philadelphia, right?

Bills sign QB Dixon to practice squad

October, 8, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday signed quarterback Dennis Dixon to their practice squad.

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Dixon worked out for the Bills over the weekend along with free-agent quarterback Pat White, coach Doug Marrone said, but neither was immediately signed to the active roster. Instead, the Bills promoted Thad Lewis from the practice squad to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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.

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