Niagara Gazette

October 7, 2013

Bills claim OG McClain off waivers, cut OG Young; Hopkins to IR

Staff Reports
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at offensive line by claiming guard Antoine McClain off waivers and releasing backup guard Sam Young.

McClain was awarded to Buffalo on Monday, two days after being waived by Oakland. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 336 pounds, McClain was inactive for the first four games this season.

He was an undrafted free agent out of Clemson, who spent last season on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.

Young spent most of his three seasons in Buffalo as a backup and filling special teams roles.

The moves were made after coach Doug Marrone announced he intends to have backup Doug Legursky compete with Colin Brown for the starting job at left guard.

The Bills (2-3) host Cincinnati (3-2) on Sunday.

Also on Monday, rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins has been placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a groin injury sustained last month.

Bills coach Doug Marrone announced the move Monday, saying Hopkins was having difficulty kicking off in practice. The Bills also needed to free up a roster spot to promote quarterback Thad Lewis off of the practice squad.

Lewis was activated Monday, and will start against Cincinnati on Sunday in place of injured rookie EJ Manuel.

Hopkins is a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State. He beat out veteran Rian Lindell during training camp before being hurt in practice a week before the opener.

Dan Carpenter, a sixth-year player, has been solid filling in for Hopkins, having hit 11 of 12 field-goal attempts, including two 50-yards or longer.