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Hardy likely to be activated

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2009 – 3:09 pm

It probably won’t happen this week, but WR James Hardy stands a very good chance of being activated next week when the 21-day window in which he can practice with the team while still on Reserve/PUP closes.

“Unless something unexpected occurs I think you could definitely lean that way,” said Dick Jauron of Hardy’s chances of being added to the 53-man roster. “We have to see where it goes personnel-wise where we have to go.”

Upon having it relayed to him that there’s a good chance he’ll be brought up to the active roster, Hardy sounded pleased.

“That’s great news I’m ready,” Hardy said. “I feel great. I feel I’ve had two weeks to come back. I’ve done pretty well in practice and now I just want to move forward so I can get back on the field.”

The 21-day practice window closes on Wednesday Nov. 11. At that point the team must decide whether to activate him or put him on season ending injured reserve.

The roster decision is where things get sticky. Buffalo has to move a player off the 53-man roster to make room for Hardy. None of the injured players appear to have a season ending injury, which would move them to injured reserve and create a roster opening.

Really the crux of the issue with Hardy is the fact that the Bills already have six receivers on their roster and it’s very unusual to carry seven. Unless the team decides to I-R an injured player, they could very well waive another receiver.

The only receiver that has been inactive the past two games has been Roscoe Parrish, who served as the team’s emergency quarterback.

As for how Hardy has performed in a week and a half of practice Jauron gave the following assessment.

“I think he’s been doing fine,” said Jauron. “I know that I told you at the end of the first week he said he was very sore, but that was his first week of football in a long, long time. He’s confident, he’s gaining more confidence every day. He’s running routes every day against the defensive backs and he’s competing and he wants it. He really misses it.”

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