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'TOUGH GUY' LINEBACKER FAVORS SIGNED

The Buffalo Bills signed strong-side linebacker Greg Favors for the remainder of the season Tuesday in hopes he can add depth behind starter Keith Newman and beef up their front seven. Terms of his deal were not disclosed.

Favors had been with the Indianapolis Colts before being released last week. He played for Bills coach Gregg Williams for two seasons in Tennessee when Williams was the Titans' defensive coordinator. He was expected to participate in practice today in preparation for the New York Jets. He will wear No. 54.

"He's a strong, physical, tough guy," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said Tuesday. "That's really what attracted us to him. He knows the defense. It shouldn't take long for him to make the transition."

Favors, 28, was inactive for the first eight games with Indy this season. He visited with Kansas City and Green Bay before signing with Buffalo. The 6-foot-1, 248-pounder was the Chiefs' fourth-round pick in 1998 out of Mississippi State. He was released after the 1998 season and signed with Tennessee.

Favors had his best season under Williams in 2000, when he started 15 games, made 61 tackles and recorded 5 1/2 sacks. He is solid against the run and has the ability to rush the passer. He had just 1 1/2 sacks in 2001, the year after Williams left to become the Bills' head coach.

The Bills also announced they waived wide receiver Reggie Germany. He had been on the injured reserve list since training camp.
Several Bills are among the league leaders in statistical categories through Week 11. Drew Bledsoe is second in passing yards (3,027) behind Rich Gannon, sixth in passer rating (94.7) and sixth in touchdown passes (18).

Travis Henry is sixth in rushing yardage (884), third in rushing touchdowns (nine) and fourth in total touchdowns (10). He is on pace for 1,414 yards this season, which would be fifth-most in team history.

Eric Moulds is third in receptions (66) and fifth in receiving yardage (889). Peerless Price is fifth in receptions (64) and sixth in receiving yardage (878). The two remain the league's most productive tandem.

Punter Brian Moorman is third in punting with a 44.8-yard average. Buffalo is sixth in total offense, 22nd in total defense.
Buffalo came through Sunday's game without any serious injuries. Linebacker London Fletcher missed a few plays with a sprained knee but is expected to be in the lineup Sunday against the Jets.
e-mail: bgleason@buffnews.com

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