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Bills shuffle roster: QB T.J. Yates to injured reserve; Tyrod Taylor reportedly cleared from concussion protocol

The Buffalo Bills said goodbye to one quarterback Tuesday and are reportedly set to welcome back another.

Veteran T.J. Yates was placed on injured reserve as a part of two roster moves announced by the team. Yates suffered a concussion in the third preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 26. He participated in the individual portion of practice Monday, but it's not immediately clear if he has passed the NFL's concussion protocol.

The team also released defensive tackle Deandre Coleman. To fill the open roster spots, safety Colt Anderson was re-signed after being released Monday so that the team could add quarterback Joe Webb. Additionally, defensive tackle Cedric Thornton was signed to the 53-man roster.

Yates' move is potentially related to a report from ESPN's Field Yates, who tweeted Tuesday that quarterback Tyrod Taylor has passed the league's concussion protocol and is "on track" for Week One against the New York Jets.

Thornton, 29, was released by the Cowboys on Sunday after a hamstring injury forced him to miss most of training camp. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder is entering his seventh season after spending 2016 with Dallas as a backup defensive tackle. He 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery in 13 games. A former undrafted rookie of the Eagles in 2011, Thornton started all 45 games in which he appeared from 2013-15. He had offseason shoulder surgery, but the Bills said in an article on the team's official website that he's healthy.

Anderson provides the Bills with safety depth after the team was down to three players at the position after he was released Monday. He has been dealing with a foot injury that has significantly limited his practice time during the summer.

 

As for Taylor, he took part in practice Monday – a sign he is progressing from a concussion also suffered against the Ravens. The Bills did not respond to a request for comment regarding ESPN's report.

If Taylor does indeed start Sunday, he'll be backed up by rookie Nathan Peterman and Webb. It's possible the team could negotiate an injury settlement with Yates at some point.

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In addition to shuffling the 53-man roster, the Bills also made three changes to their practice squad. Defensive end Eric Lee, safety Orion Stewart and offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley joined the squad, while defensive end Ian Seau, safety B.T. Sanders and cornerback Marcus Sayles were released.

Lee, a South Florida product, was released recently by the Houston Texans. Stewart was released recently by the Denver Broncos. He had 12 interceptions in his college career at Baylor, including six in his final collegiate season, earning All-Big 12 honors for the third straight year. Wesley is a former undrafted free agent of the Baltimore Ravens who appeared in seven games as a rookie in 2015. He spent 2016 on Baltimore's injured reserve.

 

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After being cut by the Bills and going unclaimed on waivers by 31 other teams, Jonathan Williams has a new home. The running back signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad Tuesday, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Williams did well for himself, too, reportedly earning $510,000 for the upcoming season. The minimum salary for a player on the practice squad is slightly more than $120,000.

Williams was a surprise release by the Bills on Sunday after spending the summer as the team's No. 2 running back behind LeSean McCoy. He rushed for 5.8 yards per carry in the preseason, but the new front office deemed him expendable largely because he didn't contribute on special teams the way Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones do. Williams, a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, carried 27 times for 94 yards as a rookie.

 

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