Bills sign 3 players amid injuries

October 3, 2017

The Buffalo Bills made several roster moves Tuesday, notably signing wide receiver Philly Brown, safety Trae Elston and safety Shamarko Thomas. Buffalo also released defensive end Eric Lee and safety Robert Blanton. The team also placed safety Colt Anderson on injured reserve. 

Brown survived the cutdown to the final 53 players at the end of the preseason, but was released by the Bills shortly after that when teams typically shuffle players at the bottom of the roster. Elston played the first two games for the Bills on special teams, but was released back on September 19th. 

Thomas is a former fourth round pick in 2013 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, mostly as a backup safety and special teams player and appeared in 48 games with the Steelers. Thomas signed with the New York Jets this past offseason, but was released before the start of the 2017 season. 

Lee was active for Buffalo's game in Atlanta, but did not record any tackles. Blanton played in the last two games for the Bills on special teams, recording two tackles. 

Anderson ends up on injured reserve for the second straight season and has only played in 6 games in two seasons with the Bills. He's recorded five tackles on special teams in the last two seasons in Buffalo.