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Bills LB Crowell signs contract extension

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 29, 2005) -- Linebacker Angelo Crowell signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills, in part a reward for capably filling in for injured starter Takeo Spikes for most of this season.

Crowell, Buffalo's third-round pick in the 2003 draft out of Virginia, was eligible to become a restricted free agent this offseason. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Used mostly as a special-teams player for his first two seasons in Buffalo, he has started 12 straight games since Spikes tore his Achilles' tendon against Atlanta on Sept. 25. Crowell ranks fourth on the team with 119 tackles, has three sacks and two interceptions this season.

Last year, he led the team with 28 special teams tackles.

The Bills (5-10) close their season at the New York Jets (3-12).

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