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Bills re-sign Philly Brown to fill receiver void

After losing Jordan Matthews to a thumb injury, the Bills Tuesday filled his spot at wide receiver by re-signing Philly Brown, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported and The News confirmed.

Brown, signed as a free agent in the offseason, spent all of training camp and the preseason with the Bills before his release as they trimmed their roster to 53.

In four preseason games this summer, Brown caught nine passes for 87 yards, an average of 9.7 yards per catch.

He spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, whose assistant general manager at the time was Bills GM Brandon Beane and whose defensive coordinator was Bills coach Sean McDermott.

In 43 games with the Panthers (including 22 starts), the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Brown caught 79 passes for 1,019 yards (an average of 12.9 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. He also ran 16 times for 139 yards.

Matthews required surgery on his thumb after injuring it in Sunday's victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

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