Bills place Mitchell on IR

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have placed linebacker Kawika Mitchell on injured reserve because of a foot injury and signed veteran linebacker Akin Ayodele to fill the roster spot.

Mitchell was hurt in practice on Wednesday. He missed the final 11 games of last season with a torn quadriceps muscle.

The 30-year-old South Florida product spent the past two seasons with the Bills after also playing for Kansas City and the New York Giants. He had 82 tackles and four sacks in his first season with Buffalo, then added 27 tackles in five games last year.

Mitchell, who has started 86 of his 96 career games, was listed as the backup to Andra Davis on the team's depth chart for this season.

Ayodele is an eight-year veteran who was cut by Denver last month. He spent the past two seasons with Miami and in 2009 totaled 70 tackles with a forced fumble in 16 games, 15 of those starts. He was signed by the Broncos back in April.

The durable 30-year-old has never missed a game during the course of his eight seasons in the league. In 128 career games, including 104 starts, Ayodele has amassed 630 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, seven interceptions and 10 forced fumbles for the Dolphins, Cowboys and Jaguars.


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