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Buffalo Bills practice squad primer: rules, eligible players

Players who were just released with practice squad eligibility

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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.

The Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL can begin signing players to their practice squad today, but like the first day of cutdowns everything is fluid. A good chunk of the Bills’ taxi squad will be guys they just released yesterday. Here is everything you need to know.


  • The practice squad consists of 10 players that practice with the team, but don’t suit up on Sundays.
  • Practice squad players can be released at any time.
  • Players make a minimum of $7600 per week, but are able to negotiate more.
  • The player is guaranteed three paychecks, even if he is cut before spending three weeks with the team.


  • A player must first clear waivers before being added to the team’s practice squad
  • Have no prior Accrued Seasons (six or more games on an active roster) in the NFL
  • Have one prior Accrued Season where the player was on the 46-man roster for eight games or less.
  • Each team can have four practice squad players who have two or less years of NFL experience
  • A player is only eligible for a third season on a practice squad if the team had 53 players on its active/inactive list for the entirety of the player’s employment.
  • A player is officially designated as serving a season on the practice squad once he is with the team for six games.

Buffalo Bills cuts eligible for practice squad

WR Malachi Dupre

WR Cam Phillips

WR Austin Proehl

WR Brandon Reilly

TE Keith Towbridge

FB Sam Rogers

RB Keith Ford

OL Gerhard de Beer

C Adam Redmond Claimed on waivers by Dallas Cowboys

G Ike Boettger Claimed on waivers by Kansas City Chiefs

T Josh James

T Mo Porter

T De’Ondre Wesley

DT Rickey Hatley

DT Albert Havili

DE Mat Boesen

DE Mike Love

DB Dean Marlowe

LB Corey Thompson

LB Tanner Vallejo Claimed on waivers by Cleveland Browns

LB Xavier Woodson-Luster

CB Breon Borders

CB Ryan Carter

CB Levi Wallace