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Buffalo Bills release Chris Williams after failed physical

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Williams, the 30-year-old veteran guard who was not expected to compete for a starting job this summer, was a long-expected release by the Bills.

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The Buffalo Bills have reportedly released veteran offensive lineman Chris Williams, with reports surfacing on Tuesday evening that the guard had failed a physical.

The Bills only save $225,000 against the 2015 salary cap in the move, but they also remove cap figures of $3.675 million and $3.725 million from their books in 2016 and 2017, respectively, as well.

Williams missed most of the 2013 season - his only year in Buffalo - with a back injury that eventually landed him on IR. He appeared in only three games, and following surgery, he was also a no-show for the entirety of the Bills' spring workout program.

After Buffalo signed Richie Incognito in February and spent a third-round pick on John Miller in the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams was an expected release. The team relieved itself of a bloated salary for a player that was clearly not going to compete with two hand-picked players for a starting job.

Williams' release leaves the Bills with just 13 offensive linemen on their roster with training camp practices beginning on Friday. Of those 13 linemen, only four - Incognito, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, and Cordy Glenn - have more than a year's worth of meaningful NFL experience.