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Bills sign cornerback Dontae Johnson, release Nate Orchard

October 2, 2018

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Dontae Johnson to shore up an injury-depleted secondary.

Buffalo freed up room on the roster by releasing defensive end Nate Orchard on Tuesday.

Johnson is a fourth-year player and opened this season with Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 8 because of a groin injury and released by the Seahawks last week.

Johnson was selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He spent his first four seasons with San Francisco, where he returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 22 starts over 63 games.

Buffalo’s starting safety Micah Hyde hurt his groin in a 22-0 loss at Green Bay on Sunday, and is week to week. Cornerback Philip Gaines is set to return after missing two games with a dislocated right elbow.

Buffalo (1-3) hosts Tennessee (3-1) on Sunday.

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