Aug. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Tank Carder (45) looks for the ball during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Redskins beat the Bills 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
Though he impressed with his coverage ability early on in training camp, Carder had fallen off of the radar later in the pre-season. The fifth-round draft pick out of TCU saw only brief late-game appearances against Pittsburgh and Detroit, and he was not a member of the team's top kick and punt coverage units, either.
One of eight Bills draft picks on the bubble, Carder's release increases the chances for three reserve linebacker hopefuls in particular: Kirk Morrison, Scott McKillop and Chris White. While it's not inconceivable for the Bills to keep all three players, one more linebacker release seems likely. Morrison played deep into the fourth quarter on Thursday night, while McKillop has seen his playing time dwindle of late, as well. White, however, has consistently been a part of the top special teams units late in the pre-season, and has performed well in that role.