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Bills release five as mandatory mini-camp breaks

The Buffalo Bills on Thursday announced the release of five players, including LB Blake Costanzo, OT Joel Bell, DB Kyle Ward, DT John Faletoese and DE Gerald Washington.

Costanzo, a three-year pro out of Lafayette, spent two seasons in Buffalo as a specialist.  He was a key contributor on nearly every special teams unit on the field.  His release likely comes as a result of the team having an abundance of young talent at his position, including 2008 fifth-round pick Alvin Bowen and 2009 fifth-round pick Nic Harris.

In need of a left tackle prospect after the trade of Jason Peters, many believed Furman's Bell would be a worthwhile project as a developmental tackle.  However, with 2008 seventh-round pick Demetrius Bell on the roster as a "project" player, Joel Bell's chances at a roster spot were slim.

Ward is a one-year player that was signed as a street free agent just prior to rookie mini-camps.  Faletoese and Washington were undrafted rookie free agents out of UC Davis and USC, respectively.

Additionally, our SBN friends over at University of Kentucky blog A Sea of Blue inform us that the Bills have scheduled a June 18 tryout with former UK receiver Dicky Lyons.