PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -With rookie linebacker Alvin Bowen lost for the foreseeable future, the Buffalo Bills quickly signed free agent linebacker Donnie Spragan on Saturday.
``We met with him during the free agency period and we were all impressed with him,'' coach Dick Jauron said. ``We know a good deal about him. We're probably a little bit fortunate and lucky that he's available.''
Spragan, a seven-year veteran, will give the Bills some needed depth after Bowen sustained a serious right knee injury Friday. Jauron didn't have any update on Bowen's condition, but repeated the bleak assessment of an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament given a day earlier.
Bowen, Buffalo's fifth-round pick, was hurt during 7-on-7 drills. After pulling up to avoid contact while pursuing fullback Jonathan Evans, Bowen's cleat stuck in the turf and his knee buckled. The Iowa State product was competing for a backup spot and a regular role on the Bills special teams unit.
Spragan spent the past three seasons with Miami. He had 38 tackles last season, including 11 stops in Week 3 against the New York Jets. In 96 career games and 45 starts, the 6-foot-3, 242-pound Spragan has 277 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Spragan is expected to begin practice Monday.
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