Bills make final roster cuts; Lawson a surprise release

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Bills wasted no time making their final roster cuts of the preseason, releasing 21 players a day prior to the league-wide deadline of Saturday at 4 p.m.

Headlining the players released is projected starting linebacker Manny Lawson. Lawson suffered a pectoral injury before the season and was set to make just more than $2 million. He is also currently under investigation by the NFL for an incident that falls under the league’s domestic violence policy.

Rex Ryan refused to explain the reasoning for Lawson’s release, and when pressed for answers, he would only say linebacker Lorenzo Alexander earned the starting job.

The Bills released starting fullback Jerome Felton, ensuring a roster spot for Williamsville native Glenn Gronkowski. Ryan said he was impressed with Gronkowski’s performance in the team’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

“It’s a dream come true,” Gronkowski told reporters, adding that trash talk between him and older brother Rob Gronkowski is now imminent. The Bills play Rob’s Patriots in Week 4.

Here is the complete list of Bills cuts from Friday:

TE Blake Annen

LB Kroy Biermann

WR Jarrett Boykin

CB Mario Butler

WR Kain Colter

DT Brandon Deaderick

DE Lavar Edwards

FB Jerome Felton

RB Boom Herron

LB Randell Johnson

LB Manny Lawson

WR Dez Lewis

T Marquis Lucas

T Chris Martin

CB Sterling Moore

G Cyril Richardson

CB Sammy Seamster

DE Max Valles

C Fernando Velasco

DT Casey Walker

RB James Wilder Jr.

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