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Bills waive DiGiorgio after failed physical; Hardy to PUP list

We'd heard the rumor this morning, and now the rumor has been verified: WGR 550 is confirming (with an assist from the Bills themselves) that Buffalo Bills linebacker John DiGiorgio will miss the 2009 NFL season after being waived (failed physical).

DiGiorgio missed the majority of the 2008 season with an ACL injury.  He did not participate in any of the team's spring mini-camps or OTA sessions; he has undergone a second procedure done on his knee to further repair the damage that has not healed.

Pat Thomas - a veteran free agent signed in March - will assume DiGiorgio's role as the top backup to starting middle linebacker Paul Posluszny.

In addition, wide receivers James Hardy and C.J. Hawthorne have been placed on the PUP list.  Those players can be recalled to the active roster at any time; if they start the season on PUP, however, they will miss the first six weeks of the season.