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Friday's NFL injury and roster news for Week 17

Buffalo wide receiver John Brown's 2020 season has been interrupted a few times. He's starting 2021 off right where he wants to be: back on the field.

The Bills activated Brown from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Adding their leading receiver from a year ago could be a boon as they set out for a deep playoff run. Brown has played just eight games this season, missing multiple weeks with an ankle injury. His last appearance was on Nov. 15. He was placed on the COVID list at the beginning of this week but comes off in time to perhaps work out some rust in a Week 17 game in which Buffalo could scale back its starters.

Wide receiver Cole Beasley has already been ruled out after not practicing all week with a knee injury.

Buffalo also had a series of transactions involving its practice squad, activating Josh Thomas and Christian Wade from the COVID list, signing wide receiver J.J. Nelson and cornerback Duke Thomas, and releasing offensive lineman Marquel Harrell, linebacker Deon Lacey and cornerback Lafayette Pitts.

Here's other news, injuries and transactions we're tracking on Friday:

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