(WGR 550) -- Less than two hours before the deadline to trim rosters to 53 players, the Buffalo Bills went above and beyond the number of players they had to release. Already getting their roster down to 55 on Friday, the Bills announced the release of five more players from the active roster.
The team has parted ways with rush linebacker Jamie Blatnick, defensive lineman Izaan Cross, quarterback Thad Lewis, linebacker Bryan Scott and defensive lineman Torell Troup. With the moves, the Bills now have 50 players under contract on the 53-man roster, opening up room for three more aditions from outside the building.
One of the longest-tenured players remaining on the Bills, Scott has been with the team for each of the past six seasons. The 32-year old linebacker is entering his 11th season in the National Football League.
The team also elected to sever ties with former second-round pick Torell Troup. Despite having a promising training camp two years ago, a devastating long-term back injury derailed Troup's hopes for a breakout season. Through this year's camp and the preseason he was mostly on the third-team defensive line.
The two-week roster exemption the Bills were granted for franchised safety Jairus Byrd by Commissioner Roger Goodell has also expired, meaning from this point forward he is a member of the active roster.
The Bills had to be at or below 53 players on their roster by Saturday, August 31 at 6 pm.