Linebacker Bryan Scott was the most well-known and well-liked player released. The ten-year vet had played the last six seasons in Buffalo and was highly respected in the locker room.
In addition, the Bills cut quarterback Thad Lewis. With Kevin Kolb hurt, the only active QBs on the Bills roster currently are rookies E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel. Manuel's status for next Sunday's opener is still in doubt. Buffalo had traded with the Lions to bring in Lewis.
Defensive lineman Torell Troup, Jamie Blatnick and Izaan Cross were the other players released.
With three roster openings available, expect the Bills to be active pursuing players cut by other teams. Every squad in the league had to be down to 53 players by 6pm Saturday. Stephon Gilmore's wrist fracture leaves the Bills needy at cornerback especially.