Buffalo Bills release veteran running back Tashard Choice

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills are beginning their late-season evaluation of young players by releasing Tashard Choice, which will allow rookie Ronnie Wingo to assume a larger role.

The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday morning that the team has released veteran running back Tashard Choice.

Buffalo's third-string running back for the last two seasons, Choice had played 106 snaps of offense for the Bills this season, carrying the ball 35 times for 126 yards. He had played a combined nine snaps in the last three games, however, after both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson returned to near-full health.

The Bills have an open roster spot on their 53-man roster with Choice's release, and it's not likely to be filled by another running back. With Choice now out of the picture, rookie Ronnie Wingo will slide into the team's third back role. A 6'2", 231-pound athlete with 4.47 speed, the undrafted free agent out of Arkansas could get a look not only in Choice's old role, but in short-yardage packages, where the Bills have struggled throughout this season.

Doug Marrone and the Bills will be back on the practice field this afternoon as the team begins preparations for a Week 14 showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Time will tell if the team plans on filling that empty roster space before practice begins.

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