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Former Edmonton receiver Duke Williams placed on reserve/COVID-19 list by Buffalo Bills

Former CFL all-star receiver Duke Williams was placed on the Buffalo Bills’ Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday and will not be ready for the start of NFL training camp.

The news was first reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport, alongside a list of other reserve list news. The designation means that Williams has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has. He will not be able to return to the team without first passing testing protocols.

The news comes as a massive blow to the receiver, who was already on the roster bubble in a revamped Bills receiving corps following their trade for Stefon Diggs.

Williams caught 88 passes during the 2018 CFL season with Edmonton for a league-leading 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns, before being signed by Buffalo in the offseason. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he provides a big frame and adds a physical presence to the Bill’s receiving core.

Williams suited up for 4 NFL games in 2019. He finished the regular season 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 wild card playoff loss.

CFL fans are well aware of the Duke’s capabilities, but now they just hope he’ll be healthy enough to show them.