Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bills add linebacker, drop tight end, designate others


The Buffalo Bills made a move to address the injury to Kiko Alonso Wednesday, and the tight end squad felt its effects.

According to the team's website, the team signed soon-to-be 26-year-old Stevenson Sylvester to a one-year deal, a former Utah standout who's spent his first four years in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's appeared in 50 games in his pro career, though mainly as a special teamer, and took 100 snaps at linebacker last season.

Sylvester has played both inside and outside linebacker positions, and his experience on special teams will likely put pressure on the team's young linebackers for playing time.

As a result of the acquisition, the team announced the release of tight end Mike Caussin, and Alonso was moved to the active/non-football injury list. Caussin, 27, has only played in six games in his pro career and hasn't appeared for Buffalo since the end of the 2011 season, with injuries forcing him to the sidelines the past two seasons.

The release of Caussin leaves the team's tight end depth chart at four, with Scott Chandler still the likely starter. Lee Smith, Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg will battle Chandler for playing time when training camp kicks off Sunday.

Other roster moves Wednesday included the designations of Randell Johnson and Leodis McKelvin to the active/physically unable to perform list, and Cordy Glenn and defensive tackle Alan Branch to the active/non-football illness list.

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