Bills activate former CFL star Duke Williams from reserve/COVID-19 list

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Former CFL all-star receiver Duke Williams has been activated by Buffalo from the Bills’ reserve/COVID-19 list.

It means he’s been cleared and ready to join the team for season preparations. He was not able to return to action until passing testing protocols. Williams is on the roster bubble among a revamped Bills receiving corps following the blockbuster trade for two-time 1,000-yard star Stefon Diggs.

The 27-year-old Williams caught 88 passes during the 2018 CFL season with Edmonton for a league-leading 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns. That garnered NFL intrigue and he signed with Buffalo in January 2019. At six-foot-three and 225 pounds, he provides a big frame and adds a physical presence to the Bills receiving group.

Last season, Williams suited up in four games. He finished the regular schedule with 12 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown — a game-winning TD in his NFL debut. He added four catches for 49 yards in Buffalo’s AFC Wild Card playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

CFL fans are well aware of Williams capabilities and now he’ll work to earn a roster spot with Buffalo for the 2020 season.