- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills placed receiver Marcus Easley on injured reserve on Tuesday for the second straight year.

Easley missed Buffalo’s season-opening win at Kansas City with what the team said was an illness.

Easley, a 2010 fourth-round pick from UConn, missed his entire rookie season because of a knee injury. He had a strong preseason this year. Against Jacksonville, he had five catches and a touchdown.

Coach Chan Gailey on Monday said he’d rather have Easley disclose the ailment. Easley left Friday’s practice early.

To replace Easley, the team re-signed free-agent receiver Ruvell Martin, who was cut by the Bills Sept. 6.

The Bills also released quarterback Levi Brown from their practice squad, and signed cornerback Terrence Wheatley to the practice squad. Wheatley was New England’s second-round pick in 2008.

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