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Bills trade DE Harold to Eagles for OL Bates

Posted: 7:04 PM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 19:04:10-04
Ryan Bates joins Bills via trade

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Bills traded defensive end Eli Harold to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for offensive lineman Ryan Bates on Friday evening.

Harold joined the Bills in the offseason after spending 2018 with the Detroit Lions. He had eight tackles and four sacks for the Lions last year.

Bates signed with the Eagles in the spring as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State.

The trade follows two more injuries along the Bills' offensive line in yesterday’s preseason game— Conor McDermott is in concussion protocol and Russell Bodine has an oblique strain.

The Bills’ next preseason game is next Friday against the Carolina Panthers.