Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim to 55 Players With 18 Cuts, Three To Injured Reserve

Kevin Kolb was placed on injured reserve as a result of the concussion he suffered versus the Washington Redskins in the Bills’ third preseason game. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

Players Placed on Injured Reserve

QB Kevin Kolb: This was an expected move after Kolb suffered a concussion versus the Washington Redskins last Saturday. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reported last week that Kolb’s concussion, at least the third of his NFL career, could be career-ending.

WR Brad Smith: Had he not left Thursday night’s game with an injury, Brad Smith likely would have been released in favor of Hogan and Easley. As it turns out, his rib injury may have earned him a paycheck he would have otherwise not received in 2013.

FB Drew Smith: Drew Smith almost certainly would have been cut if not for injury. The Bills have no need for a backup fullback, and Smith played sparingly this preseason.

What Bills Players Will Be Next to Go Saturday?

On a day of cuts, the Bills actually made one move to keep one of their players around. The Bills announced the signing of center Eric Wood to a multi-year contract extension, keeping the centerpiece of their offensive line, both literally and figuratively, in tact for some years to come.

With Byrd back on the roster, the Bills must remove at least two more players from the roster Saturday, whether that be via a cut, trade or reserve list designation. There are still a good number of candidates on the roster to not be with the team by the time the regular season rolls around, as the Bills could also end up filling a number of roster spots by trading for other teams’ players or signing other teams’ cuts off the waiver wire.

G/C Doug Legursky: Carted off the field during Thursday’s game, Legursky suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury. He would be a roster lock if healthy as the only backup interior lineman still on the roster, but he could still end up on injured reserve (possibly with a return designation) Saturday.

OT Thomas Welch: Welch is still on the Bills only because of how weak his competition was. He is a weak pass protector who the Bills should be to find an upgrade over on the waiver wire, so chances are good that the Bills will release him if they can find another offensive lineman worth adding.

DE/DT Izaan Cross: Cross is a big defensive lineman with the versatility to play both defensive end and defensive tackle in different fronts, but the Bills still have eight defensive linemen on their roster. It is likely at least one of them will be released, and Cross would be the leading candidate to be cut.

DT Torell Troup: With Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Alex Carrington and Alan Branch all on the roster as defensive tackles, any of the Bills’ other defensive tackles could still be released. That said, Jay Ross and Corbin Bryant outperformed Torell Troup this preseason. Troup has not lived up to his potential since he was a second-round pick in 2010, while Ross and Bryant both took advantage of their repetitions this preseason with disruptive play.

ILB Bryan Scott: Bryan Scott was initially reported to be among the Bills’ cuts, but was not among the 18 announced releases Friday night. Either way, he seems to be on the way out. Tim Graham reported that Scott would be among the team’s cuts Friday afternoon, but tweeted later that the Bills are trying to trade him. It would seem that if the Bills are unable to find a trade partner for Scott, he would be among the team’s last two releases tomorrow.

OLB Jamaal Westerman: Westerman came to the Bills with experience playing for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine when Pettine was with the New York Jets, and Westerman came along well over the course of the preseason. That said, he may be unnecessary depth at outside linebacker behind Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes, Jamie Blatnick and Marcus Dowtin.

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