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Bills to release WNY running back Johnson

Rookie running back Jordan Johnson's brief stint with his hometown NFL team is apparently coming to an end.

The Buffalo Bills plan to include the former Sweet Home High School and University at Buffalo standout among their cuts in reducing their roster to 53 by Saturday's NFL-imposed 4 p.m. deadline, his agent, Brett Tessler announced Saturday via Twitter.

Johnson's release leaves the Bills with three other running backs besides starter LeSean McCoy: Jonathan Williams (who will fill the No. 2 spot), Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones.

Johnson had a two-yard touchdown run in last Thursday night's preseason-finale against the Detroit Lions.

The Buffalo News confirmed reports Friday that the Bills had also released wide receiver Dezmin Lewis and offensive lineman Greg Pyke. Cornerback Bradley Sylve also was cut, his agent, Jd Ogilvie, announced via Twitter.

In addition, according to the Houston Chronicle, the Bills have cut wide receiver Daikiel Shorts and waived/injured wide receiver Jeremy Butler. Multiple media outlets reported that wide receiver Brandon Reilly, a former youth hockey star in Nebraska, has been informed he will be waived as well, along with tight end Rory Anderson and safety B.T. Sanders.

ESPN reported the Bills also have informed offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson, who gained attention for raising a fist in protest during the playing of the National Anthem during the Bills' final three preseason games, he is being released; reached an injury settlement with safety Shamiel Gary, and informed linebackers Jacob Lindsey and Carl Bradford,  safeties Joe Powell and Adrian McDonald, defensive tackles Marquavius Lewis and Nigel Williams, defensive end Ian Seau, cornerback Marcus Sayles, and quarterback Keith Wenning they will also be waived. Wenning was signed only four days before the final preseason game because of concussions to starter Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates. Wenning's reported release would indicate that one or both of the injured quarterbacks is expected to return from concussion protocol.

Unofficially, the 20 reported moves would put the Bills' roster total at 63 (61, when you factor in the exemptions for upcoming suspensions of offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and wide receiver Walt Powell).

The Bills plan to announce all of the transactions at once on Saturday afternoon.

 

 

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