With the playoffs approaching, the Buffalo Bills are reintroducing a familiar veteran to their defense.
On January 11, the organization announced that linebacker A.J. Klein had been added to the practice squad, his most recent tenure with the team. The Bills also removed defensive tackle Eli Ankou from the practice squad to make place for Klein.
The Bills enter their January 14 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with some defensive questions following an injury-filled season finale victory over the Miami Dolphins, and Klein will now give some seasoned depth.
Bills bolster defense. The Bills have some possible defensive weaknesses as they prepare for the playoffs, with seven players missing practice on Thursday, including linebacker Tyrel Dodson, cornerback Rasul Douglas, and safety Taylor Rapp.
The offense has also been hampered, with wide receiver Gabe Davis skipping practice due to an ailing knee and left tackle Dion Dawkins and tight end Dawson Knox both out due to sickness.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott lauded his players for overcoming adversity in their January 7 victory over the Dolphins, which secured Buffalo its fourth consecutive AFC East title.
"You witnessed that this weekend; we need to move forward - and we are. "We'll need it again," McDermott told SI.com.
"It requires everyone. Baylon [Spector], Vandy [Ryan Van Demark], and Trent [Sherfield] were among those whose numbers were called unexpectedly.