QB Lewis among 5 players cut by Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have given themselves room to maneuver while

continuing what’s become a weeklong shuffle of their

quarterback-depleted roster.

In releasing five players – including newly acquired quarterback

Thaddeus Lewis – on Saturday, the Bills are three spots short of

their 53-player roster limit entering the first week of the season.

That opens the likelihood of Buffalo spending time scouring the

waiver wire to add players to address its most pressing needs at

quarterback and cornerback.

The Bills also released veteran linebacker Bryan Scott and

defensive linemen Torrell Troup, Jamie Blatnick and Izaan

Cross.

Lewis became the latest quarterback on the way out in Buffalo, a

day after the team cut Matt Leinart and placed veteran Kevin Kolb

on injured reserve because of a concussion. Lewis had spent less

than a week in Buffalo, after being acquired in a trade that sent

reserve linebacker Chris White to Detroit.

Lewis went seven of 16 for 132 yards passing, including a

79-yard touchdown to Marcus Easley in taking over for Leinart in

the second quarter of a 35-13 preseason finale loss to Detroit on

Thursday. He also had a Bills-leading 51 yards rushing.

Without Lewis, the Bills are left with two quarterbacks – rookie

first-round pick EJ Manuel and undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel- on their

roster in preparing to open the season against New England. Manuel

has missed two weeks after hurting his left knee, and it’s unclear

if he’ll be ready to play next weekend.

Tuel is penciled in to start against the Patriots if Manuel is

not ready.

Buffalo is also short on depth at cornerback with starter

Stephon Gilmore to miss the first five to seven weeks with a broken

wrist.

The Bills have been off since Thursday’s game, and return to

practice Sunday afternoon.

Scott is a 10-year veteran, who spent the past six seasons

playing several roles in Buffalo. The Bills were forced to cut

Scott after they failed in a bid to trade him over the past two

days.

”I’m still all smiles,” Scott told The Associated Press by

phone shortly after he was released. ”I’m so thankful to the

organization for the opportunity.”

The move didn’t entirely catch him by surprise, even though the

Bills had re-signed Scott to a one-year contract before the start

of free agency in March.

”My only regret is we didn’t get over that hump and get to the

team to playoffs,” said Scott, referring to Buffalo’s postseason

drought which now stands at 13 seasons. ”But I’m very much in

their corner.”

Scott, who can also play safety and special teams roles, intends

to attempt to continue playing.

”I know I still have a lot of gas in the tank, and still want

to play,” he said.

Troup was Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 2010 draft. After

appearing in 15 games, including three starts as a rookie, he

played only six more in 2011 and then missed all of last season

after having back surgery.

Troup was finally healthy entering training camp this season,

but was unable to crack a defensive front that’s been improved by

the offseason addition of veteran free-agent Alan Branch.

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org