The Buffalo Bills Wednesday signed former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Clifford Hicks.
To make room for him on their 47-man roster, the Bills released defensive back Rick Carey, whom they acquired Nov. 7.
The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Hicks had been a free agent since being waived by the Rams Nov. 23. He joined them in 1987 as a third-round draft pick from Oregon, and has had an injury-filled career.
Until Nov. 6, Hicks had been on the Rams' physically unable to perform list while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in 1989. He appeared in only one regular-season game this year -- Nov. 11 against the New York Giants -- before his release.
Hicks, who practiced Wednesday with the Bills, overcame a preseason shoulder separation to receive the Carroll Rosenbloom Award as the Rams' Rookie of the Year in '87. He sustained a fractured fibula in 1988, and started six games last season before undergoing knee surgery at the end of the year.
Two of his three interceptions came in '89.
"Carey doesn't have the same speed Hicks has," Bills coach Marv Levy said.
"Clifford's a little more experienced, he has good speed and he's more of a cover guy."
Bills cornerback Nate Odomes missed Wednesday's practice with a nagging groin-muscle injury. Although Odomes did not appear on the team's injury list, Levy said he was questionable for Sunday's game.
"Nate had the injury going into the (Philadelphia game last Sunday). It was more sore when he came out of the game, so we held him out of practice," Levy said.
Nose tackle Jeff Wright, who is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, practiced on a limited basis.
"It felt a little bit better than I thought it would," said Wright, who on Monday presumed he would not take part in any drilling this week.
"I didn't do heavy contact. But if I wanted to practice, it was up to me, and I decided to just to get some reads down."
Two other players on the injury list are defensive back David Pool (knee, questionable) and defensive end Bruce Smith (knee, probable).
The Colts list defensive end Jon Hand as doubtful with a knee injury. Nose tackle Harvey Armstrong (knee) and defensive back Chris Goode (neck) are questionable, while offensive guard Randy Dixon (ankle) and defensive end Donnell Thompson (foot) are probable.
Because of the wintry conditions on the Rich Stadium field, the Bills worked out in their practice bubble Wednesday.
"We felt we'd get a better quality practice in the bubble," Levy said. "The field was slippery. We're going to be playing indoors anyway (in the Hoosier Dome), but that wasn't the main motivation.
"I just thought we'd get better execution and better concentration inside. And I think we did get that."
Never a great fan of working in the bubble, Levy said the team would probably make greater use of it this year than they have in previous seasons when the weather turned cold.
"I think maybe, if I look back on myself and some things you can do differently or better, that would be one of them (practicing more inside)," the coach said.
Injured free safety Mark Kelso will not be ready to play against the Colts, as originally expected. Kelso, who has been on injured reserve since suffering a fractured and dislocated left ankle against the Los Angeles Raiders Oct. 7, hopes to begin practicing next week. He might be activated for the Dec. 15 game against the New lease Carey
"Right now, I just can't put all my weight on it (the ankle) when I'm moving from right to left," Kelso said. "When I'm able to do that, then hopefully I'll be ready to go."
He said the last time his ankle was X-rayed, about three weeks ago, it showed the fracture to be about 85-percent healed.
"I'm working on the treadmill, stationary bike, everything . . . I can beat those machines up," Kelso said with a laugh. "I'm in plenty good shape; I just need to get back into playing in actual game conditions."