BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Veteran cornerback Terrence McGee was placed on season-ending injured reserve and receiver Marcus Easley was promoted off the practice squad Tuesday after the Buffalo Bills made a series of moves to address their banged-up roster.
The Bills also placed starting right tackle Erik Pears (hip/groin) on injured reserve and released rookie kicker John Potter. That leaves Buffalo (3-5) with two roster spots left to fill as the team prepares to play at AFC East rival New England (5-3) on Sunday.
Easley's promotion means the Bills' 2010 fourth-round draft pick out of Connecticut will finally have a chance to make his NFL debut. Easley missed his entire rookie season because of a knee injury, and then missed all of last season because of a heart condition that has since been corrected.
Buffalo has a question mark at receiver with starter Stevie Johnson slowed after he bruised his right thigh in a 21-9 loss at Houston on Sunday. Coach Chan Gailey has said that while Johnson is expected to be limited in practice this week, he should be healthy to play against New England.
The Bills are already missing receiver David Nelson, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in Buffalo's 48-28 season-opening loss at the New York Jets.
Buffalo has lost four of its past five games, and its passing attack has particularly sputtered in its last four outings. It's a stretch during which quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has averaged 186 yards passing, with three touchdowns, two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
For McGee, it's the latest setback for the 10-year veteran who landed on IR for the third time in four years. McGee's been hampered by a left knee injury that had not fully healed since he had surgery this past offseason.
McGee's agent, Ron Raccuia, said his client will likely require a second operation, but expects him to be fully healthy to play next year.
McGee has one more year left on a contract he restructured in February to take into account the possibility he wouldn't be able to finish this season. In accepting a cut in guaranteed money, McGee agreed to a series of playing and performance-based incentives.