ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a bone injury in his right ankle.
``It's a situation where he's going to probably need surgery,'' Bills coach Chan Gailey said. ``They could've done something and maybe got him back for the last game, but it probably wouldn't have happened that way.''
Gailey will shuffle his line, and use rookie David Snow and also veteran Sam Young at times to replace Hairston, 23, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound right tackle out of Clemson.
The Bills have now made three roster moves this week to accommodate their injury woes. Defensive end Chris Kelsay was also put on injured reserve and linebacker Kirk Morrison was released. Hairston's move comes at a difficult time. Erik Pears, the team's top right tackle, has been out since Nov. 6, and is also lost for the season with a hip issue.
Buffalo signed Chris Scott off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad to the fill the roster vacancy. The 6-4, 360-pound tackle has also spent time on the practice squads of Green Bay and Tampa Bay after playing two seasons with the Steelers. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.
Wide receiver Stevie Johnson worked through most of practice, but not at full speed, according to Gailey. At cornerback, Leodis McKelvin is almost back to full speed while Aaron Williams is improving, but is still not 100 percent.
The Bills (5-7) will take on St. Louis (5-6-1) on Sunday.
Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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