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Bills place CB Brooks on IR; re-sign WR Martin

Associated Press Modified: September 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: September 4, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie cornerback Ron Brooks will miss at least eight weeks after being placed on a short-term injured reserve list, and the team also re-signed receiver Ruvell Martin on Tuesday.

Brooks, who had surgery to repair a broken foot last week, will be eligible to return this season after being placed him on the NFL's newly created IR/designated for return list.

That means, Brooks can return to practice in six weeks, and could be activated after eight weeks. He was the second of Buffalo's two fourth-round picks out of LSU.

Martin was signed to fill the roster spot in returning to Buffalo four days after being among the team's final cuts. He's a six-year NFL veteran, who appeared in 14 games with the Bills last season.

Martin is both familiar with the offense, and his addition particularly bolsters the Bills' depth at the position in preparing to open their season at the new York Jets on Sunday. Buffalo was down to four healthy receivers because Brad Smith's status is uncertain after her hurt his groin last week.

Earlier in the day, the Bills filled out their eight-player practice squad by signing defensive tackle Jay Ross.

He returns to Buffalo after being released by the team on Aug. 26. Ross also spent the final 10 weeks of last season on Buffalo's practice squad.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 319 pounds, Ross played college at East Carolina. He entered the NFL in 2010, when he signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent. After being cut by the Saints before the season began, Ross then spent a portion of the year on Green Bay's practice squad.


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