Bills place DiMarco on injured reserve; release linebackers Joseph and Thompson

The moves come one day before the team must get to 53 players

The Buffalo Bills announced on Thursday that fullback Patrick DiMarco has been placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season.

They also have released linebackers Corey Thompson and Vosean Joseph, which very well could pave the way for Tyrel Dodson to make the team as a backup linebacker.

DiMarco signed as a free agent with the Bills in 2017, playing three seasons and never missing a game. He made appearances in 50 contests, including two playoff games, and was used primarily as a blocker and core special teams player.

Joseph was drafted in the fifth round last year, played limited snaps in the preseason, then was injured late in the final preseason game and placed on injured reserve for the season.

Thompson’s been primarily a weak-side backup for Matt Milano, and also a core special teams player through his two-year career. He was originally an undrafted free agent who was released as part of final cuts in 2018, but then signed to the team’s practice squad right away. Later that season, he was signed to the active roster. He made the Bills' 53-man roster right out of camp last season and played 12 games, missing four with an ankle injury. Other than the team’s regular season finale when they rested several defensive players in preparation for the playoffs, he was strictly a special teamer.

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