It didn’t take long for linebacker Deon Lacey to earn a promotion from the practice squad.
The former CFLer visited Buffalo on Tuesday, signed a practice squad contract on Thursday and Saturday he was elevated to the active roster for the Bills Week 2 tilt against Miami.
The six-foot-two, 225-pound Lacey had inked a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in May after spending the last three seasons in the NFL, but never got the chance to don green and white because the 2020 CFL season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2019, Lacey played 16 games with the Dolphins, recording four tackles. Prior to suiting up for Miami, the 30-year-old spent two seasons with Buffalo playing in 32 games and making 16 tackles. The Alabama native initially started his NFL career by signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2013, playing three pre-season games and recording five tackles.
In February 2014, Lacey signed with the Edmonton Football Team where he made an immediate impact, playing in 54 games over three seasons and recording 114 defensive tackles, 68 special teams tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and one touchdown.
Lacey was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 and helped Edmonton win the Grey Cup in 2015. After the 2016 season, Lacey worked out for several NFL teams before signing with Miami in January 2017.
While in the NCAA, Lacey spent four seasons at the University of West Alabama. In his best season in 2011, he was named the Gulf Conference Defensive Player of the Year and to four All-American teams after collecting 97 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, four sacks, two interceptions, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery. He finished his collegiate career with 267 tackles, nine sacks, six forced fumbles and five interceptions.
Lacey has earned at shot at more playing time and could extend his days in the NFL by impressing on Sunday. To date, Lacey has earned over $2 million playing south of the border.