AFC East: Terrell Sinkfield

Bills slowly trimming active roster

August, 19, 2013
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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.

Buffalo Bills practice report

August, 3, 2013
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While the biggest news out of Buffalo Bills training camp on Saturday was quarterback Kevin Kolb slipping on a wet rubber mat and injuring his knee, the morning practice was also the first with live contact.

Coach Doug Marrone dialed up the intensity at the end of the session, allowing live tackling for 15 plays, the first eight of which were at the goal line, according to WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia.

The offense had the decisive edge in that period, scoring six times, including twice on catches by offensive linemen on the field as eligible receivers.

Buscaglia also noted that defensive end Mario Williams, who continues to be limited by a sore foot, had his workload in practice increased Saturday. He took part in positional drills after spending most of the week on the sideline for everything except the walk-through at the beginning of practice.

Wide receiver Steve Johnson (hamstring), cornerback Justin Rogers (hamstring), tight end Mike Caussin (hip), and wide receiver Kevin Elliott (shoulder) did not practice on Saturday, Buscaglia reported.

Roster move: The Bills signed wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield on Saturday afternoon, bringing their roster to 90 players. Sinkfield is an undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa who had previous stints with the Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers.

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