The Buffalo Bills announced the release of 18 cuts on Friday evening. Paired with three players (Kevin Kolb, Brad Smith and Drew Smith) landing on Injured Reserve, the Bills' roster now sits at 55 players. They'll need to be down to 53 by 6PM ET on Saturday evening.
Here's the list of Bills players released Friday: quarterback Matt Leinart, running backs Zach Brown and Kendall Gaskins, wide receiver Brandon Kaufman, tight ends Dorin Dickerson and Nick Provo, tackle Zebrie Sanders, guards Antoine Caldwell and Zack Chibane, center David Snow, defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert, linebackers Kourtnei Brown, Keith Pough and Brian Smith, cornerbacks Crezdon Butler, T.J. Heath and Kip Edwards, and safety Jordan Dangerfield.
Curiously, one name not among the cuts list is veteran linebacker Bryan Scott, despite the fact that Tim Graham of The Buffalo News confirmed he'd been released earlier in the day. Graham once again clarifies:
I'm told Bills now are trying to trade Bryan Scott before tomorrow's 6 p.m. deadline to make final cuts.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 30, 2013
The release of four offensive linemen leaves just eight on the roster, and that total includes Doug Legursky, who appeared to be seriously injured on Thursday night.
Buffalo's coaching staff looks as if they'll take another night to sleep on some very difficult decisions along the defensive line, where they currently have eight players. Gilbert was released, but it's extremely unlikely that all three of Corbin Bryant, Torell Troup and Izaan Cross will be on the team.
Out of the cut list above, only Leinart, Dickerson, Caldwell, Snow, Gilbert and Butler do not have practice squad eligibility.
Here's an updated Bills depth chart containing the 55 players that remain on the active roster this evening.
|WR||Stevie Johnson||Robert Woods||Chris Hogan|
|LT||Cordy Glenn||Thomas Welch|
|C||Eric Wood||Doug Legursky|
|RT||Erik Pears||Sam Young|
|TE||Scott Chandler||Lee Smith||Chris Gragg|
|WR||T.J. Graham||Marquise Goodwin||Marcus Easley|
|QB||EJ Manuel||Jeff Tuel||Thaddeus Lewis|
|RB||C.J. Spiller||Fred Jackson||Tashard Choice|
|RE||Mario Williams||Jerry Hughes||Jamie Blatnick|
|DT||Kyle Williams||Jay Ross||Izaan Cross|
|NT||Marcell Dareus||Alan Branch||Torell Troup|
|DE||Alex Carrington||Corbin Bryant|
|WLB||Nigel Bradham||Bryan Scott|
|MLB||Kiko Alonso||Arthur Moats|
|SLB||Manny Lawson||Marcus Dowtin||Jamaal Westerman|
|RCB||Stephon Gilmore||Justin Rogers|
|SS||Aaron Williams||Da'Norris Searcy||Jonathan Meeks|
|FS||Jairus Byrd||Duke Williams|
|LCB||Leodis McKelvin||Ron Brooks||Nickell Robey|