Bills place rookie Hardy on injured reserve

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Bills put rookie receiver James Hardy on injured reserve Saturday, a day before closing their season hosting New England.

Hardy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Buffalo's 31-27 loss to the New York Jets two weeks ago. He was hurt on Buffalo's opening possession when he fell awkwardly while blocking down the right sideline on a 35-yard run by Marshawn Lynch.

Filling Hardy's spot on the roster is practice-squad running back Bruce Hall. Hall was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Mississippi and has been on the practice squad all season.

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