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Bills place LB Crowell on IR; sign LB Manning

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2006) -- The Buffalo Bills placed linebacker Angelo Crowell on season-ending injured reserve and signed linebacker Roy Manning.

Crowell, second on the Bills with 95 tackles, broke a bone in his lower left leg in a 24-21 loss to San Diego last weekend.

Manning is in his second NFL season after appearing in one game with the Houston Texans this season before being released Oct. 20. An undrafted free agent out of Michigan, he broke in with Green Bay last season and finished with 34 tackles in 15 games, including two starts with the Packers.

Green Bay released Manning in September before the start of this season.

Crowell was Buffalo's third-round pick in the 2003 draft out of Virginia. He earned the starting job in training camp, a move that led to the release of Jeff Posey. Crowell capably filled in as a starter last season after Takeo Spikes ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Week 3.

Crowell is the sixth player -- and fourth defensive player -- the Bills have placed on IR this season.

The Bills (5-7) will travel to play AFC East rival New York Jets (7-5) on Dec. 10.

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