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The Buffalo Bills released Gabe Ikard to promote RB Mike Gillislee to their 53-man roster

The Buffalo Bills promoted Mike Gillislee to their 53-man roster on Saturday.

Yesterday, Rex Ryan said the Buffalo Bills planned on promoting running back Mike Gillislee to their 53-man roster. The promotion of Gillislee made sense as Karlos Williams is out with a shoulder injury. That left the Bills with only two healthy running backs: LeSean McCoy and Anthony 'Boobie' Dixon. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. Saturday to make room for Gillislee and the team did so before noon by releasing offensive lineman Gabe Ikard.

Ikard had been with the Bills since early September but was inactive for most of the season. According to NFL.com, Ikard was only active for three games this season against the Giants, Jaguars and Chiefs. 

With Ikard's release, offensive lineman Ryan Groy should be active for the Bills on Sunday. Groy was added to Buffalo's 53-man roster on November 25. Groy was signed as an undrafted free agent last season by the Bears where started three games. This season, Groy was on the Buccaneers practice squad before being signed by Buffalo.

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