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
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
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
Buffalo is also short on depth at cornerback with starter
Stephon Gilmore to miss the first five to seven weeks with a broken
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
”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
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.
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