The Buffalo Bills turned over nearly 10 percent of their roster Tuesday afternoon with a flurry of moves.
The most notable transaction was the release of wide receiver/return man Marcus Thigpen. The Bills also placed wide receiver Robert Woods and linebacker Randell Johnson on injured reserve, and placed right tackle Seantrel Henderson on the reserve/non-football illness list.
In their place, the team signed wide receivers Dez Lewis, Walter Powell and Greg Salas, along with defensive end Jerel Worthy, to the 53-man roster. Lewis, Powell and Worthy were promoted from the practice squad.
Lewis was the team's seventh-round draft pick in April out of Central Arkansas. He has spent the entire season on the practice squad after failing to make the final roster before the start of the regular season.
Powell was in his second stint on the Bills' practice squad this season. He re-joined it in November after the Oakland Raiders had briefly signed him to their 53-man roster. Powell played in four games under current Bills coach Rex Ryan with the New York Jets last season, primarily as a return specialist. With Thigpen's release, it's possible he takes over that role with the Bills. A sixth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, he has 12 career punt returns for 48 yards and eight kickoff returns for 233 yards.
Worthy is a former second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2012. He's played in 16 career games with 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Salas was cut by the Detroit Lions after training camp. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has the most NFL experience of any of the players signed, appearing in 25 career games with two starts. He has 43 career receptions for 574 yards, along with two carries for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Redskins on Sunday, while Woods has a groin injury that Ryan described Monday as "pretty severe." Henderson, meanwhile, has been dealing for weeks with an illness. The Buffalo News reported last week he is battling Crohn's disease.
Additionally, the Bills added quarterback Zac Dysert to the practice squad. A former seventh-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2013, Desert has also spent time with the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. During his time at Miami of Ohio, Dysert set a school record for total offense with 12,678 yards.
The team also signed tight end Jacob Maxwell to the practice squad. Since joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014, he's bounced between the Lions, Bears and Dolphins. The 6-4, 240-pounder had 36 catches for 377 yards and six touchdowns during his college career with Louisiana-Lafayette.