E.J. Gaines placed on IR with “core muscle” injury

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 31: E.J. Gaines #28 of the Buffalo Bills deflects the pass during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cornerback E.J. Gaines has been placed on injured reserve with a “core muscle” injury the Bills announced Saturday night.

In being placed on IR, Gaines is not eligible to return to the field until after Week 8 of the regular season.

The cornerback, who re-signed with the Bills after spending last year with the Cleveland Browns, appeared to be injured during drills while at the team’s training facility at St. John Fisher College last Sunday.

With Gaines now on the shelf, the team added former Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who played under McDermott when he was the defensive coordinator in Carolina for three seasons.

The Bills also placed defensive tackle Robert Thomas on IR with a knee injury. They added DT Roderick Young and offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney.

They released Nico Siragusa.

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