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Bills roster set: Ray-Ray McCloud, Duke Williams, Eddie Yarbrough among cuts

The big news of today is the release of veteran running back LeSean McCoy, but he isn't the only player the Bills have cut.

UPDATED, 5:10 p.m.

The Bills formally announced 31 player cuts and that the team had trimmed to 53.

Here is the breakdown by position, with the Bills keeping 10 offensive linemen and six wide receivers at the moment on the initial 53.

Running back Christian Wade was among the cuts, although the Bills presumably want to bring him back. He would be exempt from the roster limit as part of the NFL's international program.

Defensive end Eddie Yarbrough was among the veteran Bills who did not make the roster.

UPDATED, 4:36 p.m.

The NFL is placing undrafted rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson on the commissioner's exempt list, according to NFL Media. The league is continuing to investigate an incident involving his girlfriend in May in her Arizona apartment. He faces three misdemeanor charges: disorderly conduct, assault/domestic violence and damage to property of less than $2,000. According to the police report, Dodson apologized and told her that he had too much to drink. Dodson does not count against the roster limit while on the exempt list.

UPDATED, 4:05 p.m.

The Bills are keeping tight end Jason Croom on the 53-man roster and will place him on injured reserve with a hand injury Sunday, according to NFL Media. By

They intend to bring back safety Kurt Coleman to fill that roster spot.

UPDATED, 3:35 p.m.

The Bills waived running back Senorise Perry with an injury settlement for a quad injury. Perry was expected to miss only a few weeks, so this appears to be a sign of the Bills opting to go in a different direction.

UPDATED, 3:10 p.m.

Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Ryan Bates appears to have made the 53-man roster, according to Fox Sports' Peter Schrager.

Bates, from Penn State, was acquired in an mid-August trade with his hometown Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Eli Harold, who was cut by the Eagles on Friday.

UPDATED, 2;15 p.m.

The Bills are releasing safety Kurt Coleman, NFL Media reports, but notes that Coleman could return as soon as Sunday or Monday, depending on a few other moves that the Bills need to make.

Given his veteran status, Coleman is not subject to waivers and becomes a free agent so he can chose the team that he wants to play for.

Coleman has a long relationship with Coach Sean McDermott, dating back to when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles on McDermott's recommendation. Coleman also played for McDermott with the Carolina Panthers.

NFL Media is also reporting that fifth-round linebacker Vosean Joseph is being placed on injured reserve after being hurt in the final preseason game.


The Bills appear to have made their decisions at wide receiver, starting with the release of Duke Williams.

Williams finished the preseason with eight catches for 71 yards and a team-high two touchdowns, getting reps with the starters last week at Detroit and, with the regulars sitting out the preseason finale, starting in the Bills’ 27-23 victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at New Era Field.

The former Auburn standout and Canadian Football League star was hoping to make an NFL roster for the first time. A source said the Bills are hoping to sign Williams to the practice squad, but he must clear waivers, which is not guarantee given the way he played in the preseason and his size.

The Bills also released Ray-Ray McCloud, a source said. McCloud was a Bills’ sixth-round pick in 2018 and his name was often brought up by coaches unprompted but it clearly was not enough to make the 53-man roster.

Among running backs, beyond the release of star LeSean McCoy, the Bills have released Marcus Murphy. Murphy has averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 49 rushing attempts over two seasons with the Bills, and had a 79-yard punt return in the fourth quarter against the Vikings.

The Bills also released veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who signed with the team after Week 1 of the preseason. Munnerlyn, who played for Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane with the Panthers, is 31, and the Bills might have opted for a younger choice.

Former University at Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson and cornerback Cam Lewis also were among the cuts. Jackson played the final preseason game and led the team to a comeback victory, but appears as if he made a mistake by not returning for a final college season, either at UB or elsewhere. Lewis was hampered by injuries during training camp and the preseason.

Also among the cuts: defensive tackle Kyle Peko, linebacker Deon Lacy, offensive lineman Erik Magnuson and defensive end Sam Acho, who was signed during training camp. The Bills hope to bring Lacey

The Bills must set their 53-man roster by 4 p.m. today. The team announced the GM Brandon Beane would be available at noon so expect the team to be done with its initial decisions.

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