The Duke makes Bills’ ac­tive ros­ter

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS - — John kryk

Looks like the Duke is about to make his NFL de­but.

The Buf­falo Bills on Satur­day signed former star CFL wide re­ceiver Duke Wil­liams off their prac­tice squad and onto the ac­tive ros­ter.

The 26-year-old from Re­serve, La., is in his first NFL sea­son, af­ter catch­ing 134 passes for 2,294 yards and 15 touch­downs for the past two years with the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos. He led the CFL with 1,579 re­ceiv­ing yards last sea­son, and tied for the most touch­down catches with 11.

Wil­liams left the CFL this year and signed a fu­tures con­tract with the Bills. He tried out with the club on its 90-man ros­ter from April through Au­gust, im­press­ing at times as a big-bod­ied, sure-handed pass catcher.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder failed to make Buf­falo’s ac­tive 53-man ros­ter fol­low­ing cut­downs on Labour Day week­end. The

Bills quickly signed him to their 10-man prac­tice squad, where he had been parked un­til Satur­day.

Now it’s just a ques­tion whether Wil­liams will be among the max­i­mum 46 play­ers the Bills choose to dress for Sun­day’s game at the Ten­nessee Ti­tans. The Bills now have an un­com­mon

seven wide re­ceivers on the ac­tive ros­ter. One of them, Robert Fos­ter, is ques­tion­able Sun­day with a groin in­jury.

Typ­i­cally when any NFL teams signs a prac­tice-squad player on a Satur­day, it sig­nals it in­tends to play him on Sun­day.

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