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Buffalo Bills news, 9/7: final roster cuts done - for now

The Buffalo Bills have trimmed their roster to 50 players. That means lots more is going to happen today and tomorrow. The Buffalo News' football preview edition came out today, as well, and there's some great content.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Spiller busts out... bringing hope to the Bills’ faithful - The Buffalo News

This long form on Spiller is very well done. Read about what drives Buffalo's most exciting player. You won't be disappointed.

Buffalo News preview

Bills don’t fit mold of worst-to-first team - The Buffalo News
"They seem to be heading in the right direction. But people should understand how far away they are - and I felt that way before the injuries to Manuel, Kevin Kolb and cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Youth is wonderful. But as anyone who has children can attest, leading the young can be a challenge. There will be gratifying steps along the way, but a lot of maddening stumbles, too."

Need to succeed drives Bills’ Manuel - The Buffalo News
"He won Bayside’s award given to the school’s top two all-around students. He picked Florida State in part because its pro-style offense would better prepare him for the NFL. He graduated from college in 3½ years and is halfway to a master’s degree. He was the winning quarterback in four bowl games."

Hazards are lurking for Bills in schedule - The Buffalo News
"The Bills face tough divisions in the AFC North and NFC South. The good news is four of the first six are at home. But there are no easy games for a young team like the Bills. Here’s a look at the challenges ahead for the Bills the next four months:"

Coach them up - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan's bullets covers a lot of ground with valuable insight.

Bills’ Dareus hears his career ‘clock ticking’ - The Buffalo News
"Meanwhile, the players selected ahead of Dareus - Cam Newton to Carolina at No. 1 and Von Miller to Denver – have both been to the Pro Bowl. So have the players behind Dareus: Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, Arizona’s Patrick Peterson, Atlanta’s Julio Jones and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith."

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Bills release five ahead of NFL's roster deadline -
"Torell Troup was a former second-round pick of the Bills in 2010, but was plagued by injuries in his young career. He has not appeared in a game for Buffalo since the 2011 season due mainly to persistent back problems."

WR Easley completes journey to Bills final roster -
"In 2011, Easley made the 53-man roster only to be placed on IR after being diagnosed with a heart ailment in September. At the time, he was considered by many to be the number two receiver on the team. Easley said he wants to make this season different from 2011."

Inside The Bills | Undrafted makes roster again
"It was somewhat of a forgone conclusion knowing that Jeff Tuel was going to make the 53-man roster, but for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons an undrafted rookie has made Buffalo’s final roster for the regular season."

Cutdown leaves Bills with holes to fill - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan does a good job explaining the holes on the roster still left to fill.

Dabo Swinney: Don't worry Bills fans; C.J. Spiller the real deal - The Buffalo News
"He's real. He's a real dude," Swinney told me a week ago. "You have to always be careful when you pull for somebody because some people might have a façade. But he's as real as they come, as genuine as they come."

Bills may search waiver cuts for a good corner - Olean Times Herald
"Right now the starters are McKelvin and either Rogers or Brooks, the non-starter being the "nickel" back. Good luck with that trio."

Buffalo Bills at end of a surreal preseason | Democrat and Chronicle
"Many a Buffalo Bills preseason has wound down with all the fanfare of a flat tire, but this one was especially deflating."

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Hairston was placed on the NFI list last week for an undisclosed reason. That means Hairston suffered an injury or illness not associated with the Bills or their facility, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. We still don't know what it was, for the record.