Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is the only player in the NFL with two punt returns for touchdowns in the 2012 season, but he won’t get a chance to make a run at the NFL record of four in a year in the final two weeks of the season.
The Bills announced Thursday that McKelvin has been placed on injured reserve as a result of the groin injury that kept him out of their Week 15 loss to the Seahawks. McKelvin ends the year with an average of 18.7 yards per punt return, which is the best in the league and should remain that way unless Adam Jones or Dwayne Harris turn in two weeks if nothing but massive punt returns.
McKelvin, who also saw time in the team’s sub packages at corner, is set to become a free agent after the season. Figuring out the right price for a dynamic returner — McKelvin is averaging more than 28 yards per kickoff return as well — is never an easy task, leaving the Bills with some work to do if they want to keep McKelvin in Buffalo beyond this year.
To take McKelvin’s spot on the roster, the Bills re-signed linebacker Kirk Morrison. The former Jaguar and Raider was released earlier this month after spending the first three months of the season on the active roster without ever playing in a game.