Bills add QB Shane Matthews to add needed depth

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran QB Shane Matthews to fill in as a back up.

Shane Matthews is an 11-year veteran who will likely take over as Drew Bledsoe's primary backup. Matthews was signed to replace Travis Brown, who will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Matthews has been an annual backup since joining the league from the University of Florida. He has completed 59 percent of his attempts with 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, and owns a career passer rating of 74.4 in 29 career games.

Brown was hurt in Saturday's 30-17 loss at Indianapolis. The signing of Matthews would not have occured if this injured hadn't followed an injury to rookie QB J.P. Losman. Losman broke his left leg in practice earlier in the week. Brown was the team's primary backup while Losman, who will likely miss at least half the season, was being groomed as Bledsoe's successor and was expected to serve as the team's 3rd string QB this season.

  • Lawyer Milloy is recovering from a broken forearm during the same Colts defeat. The timetable for his return has been speculated to be between 2-4 weeks but could be longer.
  • RB Travis Henry practiced a little today while he recovers from a rib injury sustained in the Bills preseason loss to the Tennessee Titans. He should be ready by the Bills regular season opener on September 12.
  • Left tackle Jonas Jennings returned to practice and is expected to play in the Bills preseason finale against the Detroit Lions this Thursday.
  • CB Terrence McGee and RB Joe Burns continue to miss time as both remained injured.
  • The Bills still have to reduce their roster to 65 by tomorrow afternoon.

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