AFC East: Izaan Cross

One day after being waived by the Buffalo Bills, quarterback Thad Lewis will return as a member of the practice squad, the team announced.

EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel are on the team's active roster, and it's unclear if Manuel will be healthy enough to play next Sunday against New England.

In addition to Lewis, the Bills added outside linebacker Jamie Blatnick, defensive lineman Izaan Cross, offensive lineman Mark Asper, and wide receiver Tommy Streeter to their practice squad.

Asper was a sixth-round pick by the Bills in 2012, and has since spent time with Minnesota and Jacksonville. Streeter was a sixth-round pick by Baltimore last season.

Blatnick and Cross were both waived by the Bills on Saturday.

Bills practice squad:
QB Thad Lewis
RB Ronnie Wingo (per source)
WR Tommy Streeter
OL Mark Asper
DL Izaan Cross
OLB Jamie Blatnick

QB Lewis cut as Bills trim to 50

August, 31, 2013
The Buffalo Bills announced the release of five players on Saturday, bringing their roster to 50 players in advance of Saturday's 6 p.m. ET deadline to be at the 53-player limit.

Quarterback Thad Lewis, linebackers Bryan Scott and Jamie Blatnick, and defensive linemen Izaan Cross were all released.

The departure of Lewis comes as the biggest surprise, as he had the inside track to the Bills' third quarterback job following the release of quarterback Matt Leinart on Friday.

With EJ Manuel's status for the season opener in doubt, the Bills are back to just one healthy quarterback: undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel.

With just 50 players on their roster, it's safe to assume that the Bills placed at least one waiver claim on players waived Friday, or are planning on claiming players waived Saturday.

Updated look at Bills' roster

August, 30, 2013
The Buffalo Bills got an early jump on their roster cuts Friday, releasing 18 players and placing another three on injured reserve.

With their roster now at 55 players, the Bills must make at least two more moves prior to Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline.

Here's a look at the roster as it stands Friday evening:

EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis

C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Tashard Choice

Frank Summers

Steve Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley

Scott Chandler, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg

Cordy Glenn, Colin Brown, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Erik Pears, Doug Legursky, Thomas Welch, Sam Young

Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Alex Carrington, Alan Branch, Jay Ross, Corbin Bryant, Torell Troup, Izaan Cross

Mario Williams, Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes, Marcus Dowtin, Jamie Blatnick, Jamaal Westerman

Kiko Alonso, Nigel Bradham, Arthur Moats, Bryan Scott

Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers, Nickell Robey

Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks

Dustin Hopkins, Shawn Powell, Garrison Sanborn

What names stand out among this group?

Let's start with undrafted rookie Izaan Cross, who had a quiet preseason and was considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster. The Bills, so far, have kept eight defensive linemen on their roster, which is about 2-3 higher than most had projected.

Elsewhere, the Buffalo News' Tim Graham tweeted Friday evening that the Bills are attempting to trade linebacker Bryan Scott, which would continue to shuffle the deck as Saturday's deadline approaches.

Another name that stands out: offensive lineman Doug Legursky. He was carted off the field after suffering what coach Doug Marrone said initially looks like a serious leg injury. The Bills released both Antoine Caldwell and David Snow, who were the two players most likely to fill Legursky's role as the top interior backup. If Legursky winds up being placed on injured reserve, it would not be surprising if the Bills swung a trade or scoured the waiver wire for an interior offensive lineman.

Bills slowly trimming active roster

August, 19, 2013
The Buffalo Bills have been busy on the NFL's transaction wire over the past week. With the team's third preseason game approaching -- they travel Saturday to face the Washington Redskins -- the Bills have begun the process of paring down their 90-man roster.

Here's a snapshot look at their moves since last Tuesday, which have cleared eight roster spots:

Aug. 13: Waived P Brian Stahovich
Aug. 14: Waived/injured TE Mike Caussin; signed LB Jamaal Westerman
Aug. 15: Placed Caussin on injured reserve; waived DT Aaron Tipoti
Aug. 18: Placed WR Kevin Elliott on injured reserve; waived OT Tony Hills, WR Terrell Sinkfield, CB Don Unamba, and S Mark LeGree
Aug. 19: Released K Rian Lindell

In the last week, the Bills have settled their kicker battle by releasing Lindell, as well as their competition at punter by cutting Stahovich. Meanwhile, Tipoti and Caussin had missed most of training camp with injuries, and Elliott suffered a season-ending injury in Friday's preseason game.

As of Monday afternoon, the Bills' roster stands at 82 players. All NFL teams must trim their roster to 75 players by Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. ET.

Here's an early look at where the Bills can make some further snips to their squad:

Offensive line -- The Bills are carrying 15 offensive linemen on their active roster. According to the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski, only Keith Williams and Thomas Welch were held out of practice Monday. Meanwhile, tackle Chris Hairston remains on the active/physically unable to perform list. Moving him to the reserve/PUP list would clear a roster spot, but keep him out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Either way, the Bills look to carry only about half of these 15 players into the regular season.

Defensive line -- The Bills have a pair of big-name players who are working back from injuries (Mario Williams and Kyle Williams), which could lead Buffalo to stay heavy on their defensive line numbers through the final two weeks of the preseason. Yet a longshot such as Izaan Cross (11 snaps vs. Minnesota) could be part of the 75-man trim.

Safety -- Even as franchise-tagged Jairus Byrd remains unsigned, there's not a whole lot of intrigue at this position. Aaron Williams and Da'Norris Searcy have filled in well in Byrd's place and will stay in those spots for now. Beyond that, the Bills invested two draft picks in safeties (Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams), and unless there's a late injury, they also will be in the mix. That might mean Jordan Dangerfield (13 snaps vs. Minnesota) and Dominique Ellis (eight snaps vs. Minnesota) could be soon on the outs.