Saturday, July 27, 2013
Potential Levitre replacement cut by Bills
By Mike Rodak
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills released guard Chris Scott and tight end Mickey Shuler on Saturday, one day after players reported to St. John Fisher College for training camp.
Scott, 25, was signed by the Bills off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad late last season. Listed at 6-foot-4, 360 pounds, Scott was in the mix to replace Andy Levitre at left guard.
"It's just unfortunate in this profession that we have expectations of coaches coming in, and we didn't feel that Chris fulfilled his expectation to us, his teammates, or the coaches. So we let him go," head coach Doug Marrone said Saturday.
Shuler, a seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, was claimed off waivers from the Oakland Raiders in May.
The Bills placed offensive lineman Chris Hairston, who missed time during offseason workouts with an injury, on the active/physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. After holding their conditioning test on Saturday morning, Marrone said he didn't anticipate adding players to that list.
"We're just waiting on clearance from the doctors [on Hairston]," he said. "But really everyone else is full go, which is exciting."
Saturday's moves bring the Bills roster to 85 players. Teams are allowed up to 90 players on the roster during training camp, but general manager Doug Whaley said there are no immediate plans to have a full squad.
"We look at it as, a couple years ago, we came into camp with 80 [players]. We're going to leave it at [85 players], but we'll constantly be evaluating any free agents out there," Whaley said. "But this gives us some flexibility by leaving it at that, without having to cut somebody if we see someone out there who we think can help us."