Bills sign two to active roster, Dennis Dixon to practice squad

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The Bills didn’t sign quarterback Dennis Dixon immediately after his workout with the team in the wake of E.J. Manuel’s knee injury, but the team must have seen something they liked because he joined the organization on Tuesday.

Dixon won’t be on the 53-man roster, however. The Bills announced that they have signed the former Steeler backup and 2013 Eagle training camp participant to their practice squad. That gives the Bills an in-house option at quarterback should some calamity befall Thad Lewis, who will get the Week Six start, or Jeff Tuel before Manuel is ready to return to action.

The Bills did add some help for the active roster on Tuesday. They have signed linebacker Ty Powell and promoted cornerback Brandon Smith from the practice squad. Powell was on the Giants’ practice squad and made the move to New Jersey after failing to make the Seahawks this summer. Seattle drafted Powell in the seventh round in April. Smith was in camp with the Packers and signed on with Buffalo in early September.

Linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams were released to make room for the two new faces.