The Buffalo Bills lost a potential chess piece for their offensive line Tuesday, placing guard Jeremiah Sirles on injured reserve.
Sirles, 27, appeared in 12 games for the Bills in 2018. He has the ability to play tackle, guard or center, and was frequently used as a sixth offensive lineman in specific formations. He suffered a foot injury during spring practices.
The Bills re-signed Sirles this offseason as an unrestricted free agent partly because of his versatility.
"That was part of the draw with Jeremiah and bringing him back, was the position flexibility," coach Sean McDermott said last month. "The toughness, the DNA, the ability to adjust on the fly. ... He's been in the crosshairs and everything. He's a guy with a great way about him with respect to teaching other guys the game, making other people accountable. His habits are off the charts in terms of his daily routine, so it's unfortunate that he he has this injury that came up last week. We're hopeful, and we won't know for sure yet, but we're hopeful that it's going in the right direction."
Tuesday's roster move indicates that didn't end up being the case.
The Bills also released wide receiver Da'Mari Scott two days before the start of training camp at St. John Fisher. To take their places on the 90-man roster, the team signed safety Abraham Wallace and offensive lineman Isaac Asiata.
Wallace, 23, is a 5-foot-10, 192-pounder who originally signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent after participating in rookie minicamp on a tryout basis but was later released. He spent the 2018 college season at Division II West Alabama after playing for Texas Tech in 2017 and starting his college career as a walk-on at LSU.
Asiata, listed at 6-3, 345 pounds, is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He played in just two games for Miami over the past two seasons, making his NFL debut in the 2017 season finale against Buffalo. A four-year starter at the University of Utah, Asiata played in 45 college games, including 43 starts. He was a two-time All-Pac 12 honoree and in 2016 won the conference's Morris Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best offensive lineman.