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Buffalo Bills training camp: Mana Silva leaves the team

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Buffalo's roster now stands at 89 players after Mana Silva was placed on the exempt-left squad list on Tuesday evening.

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Buffalo Bills reserve safety Mana Silva was placed on the exempt-left squad list on Tuesday afternoon after he left the team. The move came a day after Silva left; he did not participate in Monday night's full-team scrimmage.

Silva's agent, Josh Arnold, told John Wawrow of the Associated Press that the third-year defensive back has experienced some personal issues lately, and is leaving football - if only temporarily - to re-examine his priorities. On the exempt-left squad list, Silva does not count against the team's 90-man roster (which now stands at 89 players, including Jairus Byrd).

The Bills acquired Silva off of waivers last season, and he spent the last seven weeks of the season on the active roster. Though he didn't do much for the defense (playing just two snaps), he was one of just six Bills to log over 100 special teams snaps in those seven weeks.

Silva had been running with the second-team defense throughout camp. His departure will elevate players like rookie Jonathan Meeks and Dominique Ellis on the depth chart.