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Bills sign LB Ayodele, place LB Mitchell on I.R.

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By PFW staff

The Bills announced Friday that they have signed free-agent LB Akin Ayodele and placed LB Kawika Mitchell on injured reserve.

"Unfortunately, Kawika had a lot worse [of] a problem than we had anticipated," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. "It was going to be quite a few weeks and we just couldn't wait. So, we needed to make the move and we're fortunate that Akin [Ayodele] was available. We got him in here and hopefully he can learn quickly and be ready to roll."
Ayodele, entering his ninth NFL season, was released by the Broncos on Aug. 24. The 6-2, 255-pound Purdue product started 15-of-16 games played with the Dolphins in 2009, and ranked third on the team with 70 tackles.

Ayodele entered the league as a third-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2002. He played four seasons with Jacksonville (2002-05), two with Dallas (2006-07) and two with Miami (2008-09). He is one of three linebackers (Keith Brooking and London Fletcher are the others) to have appeared in all 16 regular-season games every season since 2002.

Mitchell, a seven-year veteran, had been hobbled by a foot injury. He was expected to provide quality depth behind starting ILB Andra Davis.


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