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The Buffalo Bills officially promoted wide receiver Cole Beasley from the practice squad to the active roster just 4 hours before their Week 15 matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night.

Beasley rejoined the Bills on Monday after spending the offseason shopping for a new team. While Beasley ultimately landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he admitted that it wasn’t quite right, leading to his decision to leave.

However, with Buffalo dealing with a slew of ankle injuries in their receiving corps, leaving them with just four receivers on their 53-man roster, Beasley reached out to the Bills front office saying he was interested in returning to the game if they were interested in getting him back.

In a Brett Favre-like move, Beasley came out of retirement on Monday to join the Bills’ practice squad, and it was all smiles when he hit the field.

Now, with just three days of practice over the past two months, Beasley has been called up to the Bills’ game day roster.

A team is allowed three practice squad players on its game day roster during the regular season. Although Beasley was on the Bucks’ practice squad, those carries will not count toward Buffalo’s three allowed carries.

With tonight’s game, the Bills have four games left in the regular season, so they either have to play one game without their newest automatic receiver or add him to the 53-man roster at some point. However, once the postseason begins, the counter resets to zero, and there is no limit to the amount a player can raise during the playoffs.

This could mean Buffalo could choose to sit Beasley for one (or more) games over the next four weeks rather than trying to do any roster gymnastics to keep the tab with the team, knowing they’ll have unlimited opportunities to bench him. after the start of the playoffs in uniform.

It’s important to note that wide receiver John Brown, the other former Bill who rejoined the team just a few weeks ago on a practice-squad assignment, no raised for today’s game. Brown has already moved up twice, leaving the team with one more chance to call up the veteran receiver before adding him to the 53-man roster, or wait until mid-January to seek his services again.


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