Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Dennis Dixon (3) carries the ball as New England Patriots defensive lineman Jason Vega (68) pursues during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills make several roster moves

The Buffalo Bills made several roster moves on Tuesday.

Most notably, the Bills signed former Oregon Ducks and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon to their practice squad.

Dixon, who was a fifth round pick of the Steelers in 2008, spent training camp with his college head coach, Chip Kelly  and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dixon has completed 35 of 59 passes for 402 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his career. He’s also rushed for a touchdown.

The Bills worked out Dixon and former West Virginia Mountaineers and Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White Sunday in hopes of finding a replacement for rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, the Bills’ first round pick out of Florida State. Manuel sprained his LCL in a 37-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns Thursday and will be out for four-to-six weeks.

The Bills promoted former Duke Blue Devils quarterback Thaddeus Lewis from their practice squad and named him their starter instead of Washington State Cougars undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, who filled in for Manuel Thursday.

The Bills also showed interest in former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Josh Freeman, but he opted to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk also reports the Bills signed linebacker Ty Powell and promoted cornerback Brandon Smith from their practice squad.

To make room for the moves, the Bills released linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams.

The Bills will host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.

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