Bills try to bolster ailing O-line by signing ex-Steeler Simmons

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills began reinforcing their injury-depleted offensive line by signing veteran guard Kendall Simmons.

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The move was announced Tuesday after the team placed rookie guard Eric Wood on injured reserve. Wood broke two bones in his left leg during an 18-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Simmons is an eight-year NFL veteran who joins the Bills (3-7) after being released by the New England Patriots on Nov. 9. He appeared in one game for the Patriots this season.

Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2002 draft, Simmons started 80 games for the team before being waived in September.

The Bills, who host the Miami Dolphins (5-5) this weekend, also lost reserve lineman Seth McKinney to a season-ending knee injury Sunday.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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