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No real surprises as Bills cut down roster to 53

In one day, the Bills parted ways with a local product, a fan favorite and the relative of an NFL Hall of Famer.

Running back Jordan Johnson, a former Sweet Home High School and University at Buffalo standout, was released on Saturday as NFL teams reduced their rosters from around 90 to the 53. Former Nebraska wide receiver Brandon Reilly, who impressed in the preseason, and defensive end Ian Seau, the nephew of the late Junior Seau, also were cut.

The team reached injury settlements with wide receiver Rod Streater and safety Shamiel Gray and also waived/injured wide receiver Jeremy Butler and offensive lineman Michael Ola.

The Bills’ roster cuts, which were officially announced 10 minutes before the 4 p.m. league-mandated deadline, weren’t all that surprising considering their depth at various positions, including receiver, offensive line and running back.

There also wasn’t much of a need for quarterback Keith Wenning, who was signed on Monday after starter Tyrod Taylor and backup T.J. Yates were put in the concussion protocol. Wenning completed five of 15 passes for 41 yards and had a passer rating of 42.4 in relief of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman in Thursday night’s preseason game against Detroit Lions.

The Bills roster is now at 53 with offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and wide receiver Walt Powell set to serve suspensions to start the season.

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