Jets sign ex-Bills TE Nelson

October, 31, 2011
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The Jets filled a roster opening Monday by signing former Buffalo Bills tight end Shawn Nelson, the team announced.

Nelson, 26, is expected to practice Monday with the Jets, who return after a six-day break over the bye week. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Jets (4-3) face the Bills (5-2) Sunday in a key AFC East game.

The acquisition came as no surprise. The Jets brought in Nelson last Tuesday for a workout and he tweeted later in the week about signing with the team.

Nelson (6-foot-5, 273) played with the Bills in 2009 and 2010, catching a total of 20 passes. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

Nelson will replace No. 3 tight end Jeff Cumberland, who suffered a season-ending Achilles-tendon injury in Week 3.

The Jets created a roster opening last week by waiving backup C Colin Baxter.

Also, the Jets made four additions to the practice squad -- G Matt Kroul, T Dennis Landolt, LB Ricky Sapp and TE Jamarko Simmons.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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