Christian Wade

Buffalo Bills
Running Back #0
Buffalo Bills
Running Back #0

Christian Wade News

Waived by Buffalo

Wade was waived by Buffalo on Friday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Wade spent back-to-back seasons on Buffalo's practice squad and appeared to have a chance to make the Bills' initial 53-man roster ahead of the 2021 campaign before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. The undrafted running back didn't garner an injury designation during his release, so he's presumably healthy heading into the 2022 campaign.

Apr 1, 2022 1:50 PM EST

Needs season-ending surgery

Wade (shoulder) is slated to undergo season-ending surgery, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: Wade wasn't among Buffalo's initial cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit, but he looks destined to land on IR in the near future. After back-to-back seasons on Buffalo's practice squad, Wade's development will now need to pause as he focuses on recovery.

Sep 1, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Shoulder injury persists

Wade missed Monday's practice due to a shoulder injury suffered last week in practice, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Wade is missing valuable time to make his claim for a final roster spot, as he's on the outside looking in as the sixth or so RB on the depth chart.

Aug 16, 2021 2:28 PM EST

Leaves practice early

Wade departed Thursday's practice early with a shoulder injury, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wade is competing for a reserve role or a spot on the practice squad, so any time spent sidelined could be detrimental to his chances of sticking with the Bills. The former rugby star is coming off back-to-back seasons on the scout team.

Aug 5, 2021 12:01 PM EST

Signs reserve/future contract

Wade signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills on Tuesday.

Analysis: Wade spent the season on the Bills' practice squad and now has an opportunity to stay with the team through offseason activities.

Jan 26, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

Wade (undisclosed) was restored to Buffalo's practice squad from the COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: The 29-year-old landed on the list at the start of the week as a high-risk close contact of COVID-positive T.J. Yeldon, but he's now cleared the league's protocols. Wade will rejoin the Bills' scout team ahead of Week 17.

Jan 1, 2021 7:24 AM EST

In COVID-19 protocol

The Bills placed Wade on the practice squad COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Wade either contracted the virus or came into close contact with someone who did. He'll need to clear the league's COVID-19 protocol before returning to Buffalo's scout team.

Dec 28, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Sticks on practice squad

The Bills signed Wade (quadriceps) to the practice squad Sunday.

Analysis: Wade also spent last season on Buffalo's practice squad as an except international player. After he failed to make it through roster cuts Saturday, it was expected that Wade would be given another shot to stick around and continue his development.

Sep 6, 2020 2:50 PM EST

Waived by Buffalo

Wade (quadriceps) did not make it through Saturday's cut-down, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The former rugby star from Great Britain was a demon in preseason games last season and ultimately ended up on the practice squad, but with the Bills set at the top of the running back depth chart with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, the team needs pass catchers and special teams guys to fill out the rest of the group, not a hard-running prospect. We imagine the Bills would love to get Wade on the practice squad again.

Sep 5, 2020 11:10 PM EST

Quad issue surfaces

Wade missed practice Monday due to a quadriceps injury, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The former rugby star is trying to land a spot through the NFL's international program, but the team may end up being just too deep at running back unless Wade can prove he can also help on special teams. He'll need the injury to be a minor one to have a truer shot at making his case.

Aug 24, 2020 3:37 PM EST

Eyes on roster spot

Wade, who served on the Bills' practice squad last season, is eager to show he's worthy of a spot on team's 53-man roster for 2020, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. "I didn't really realize how far I've come, really, until we started the virtual offseason up again," the running back said recently. "Just in terms of how much I understand, when I'm watching film, it's slowed down a bit more. I can actually decipher what's going on and what we're trying to achieve."

Analysis: Wade is not your average NFL player. He's a former British rugby star whom the Bills feel has the skill set that might translate to NFL play. He showed immediate glimpses of this last season during the preseason, though he ultimately ended up on the practice squad as an exempt international player. The Bills are already set at the top two running back spots with Devin Singletary and rookie third-rounder Zack Moss, though after that Wade should get a fair shake,. Assuming no one else enters the mix, that puts Wade up against T.J. Yeldon, Taiwan Jones and Antonio Williams for what would likely be two more roster spots. The Bills have the option to keep Wade as an exempt practice squad member once again, but the 28-year-old has bigger sights in the second time around.

Jun 15, 2020 9:13 PM EST

In Buffalo's plans

Wade was one of 10 players signed from the practice squad to a reserve/future contract by the Bills on Monday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: There are dozens and dozens of these signings around the NFL this time of year, but Wade's is one of the few that bears watching. He's a star rugby player from the United Kingdom that showed some eye-popping flashes during the preseason but just wasn't polished enough for the Bills to keep him on the active roster, so he worked on the practice squad all season as an exempt player. With Frank Gore looking every bit of his 36 years of age down the stretch, Wade may have a legit shot to earn the No. 2 or No. 3 spot behind Devin Singletary. The Bills also signed quarterback Davis Webb, cornerback Cam Lewis, tight end Nate Becker, wide receiver Nick Easley, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips, offensive tackle Victor Salako and defensive end Jonathan Woodard to reserve/future contracts Monday.

Jan 6, 2020 8:25 AM EST

Headed to practice squad

Wade has been signed to the Bills' practice squad after going unclaimed while on waivers, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The Bills get an exemption for Wade, a star rugby player from the United Kingdom, meaning they can now store 11 players on their practice squad instead of the usual 10. However, Wade is the one guy that can't be added to the active roster this season. He showed flashes of brilliance during the preseason, and Mister Rugby should be an intriguing guy to follow next summer. In addition to Wade, the Bills added receiver Duke Williams, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, defensive tackle Kyle Peko, cornerback Cam Lewis, offensive lineman Erik Magnuson and tight end Nate Becker to the practice squad.

Sep 1, 2019 10:38 PM EST

Doesn't survive cutdowns

Wade was cut by the Bills on Saturday, The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Wade, a star rugby player that's part of the NFL's international program, turned some heads with a few huge plays during the preseason, ones that showed off his raw athletic ability. He's a prime candidate for the team's practice squad if no other team wants to use a roster spot for him, where he'd allow the Bills to have 11 practice squad players since he's exempt from the roster limit.

Aug 31, 2019 10:20 PM EST

Makes most of opportunity

Wade had just one carry in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts, taking it 65 yards for the Bills' final touchdown of the evening.

Analysis: Granted, the starters for both teams were all off the field by this point, but it was quite a way for the former rugby player to score his first touchdown at any level of football. Wade still faces a pretty long shot to make the final roster, but with more runs like that the Bills might be willing to give him a spot on the practice squad.

Aug 8, 2019 9:09 PM EST

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