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Posted: Friday, 04 October 2013 12:35PM

Bills release punter Powell

Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- Following their 37-24 defeat in Cleveland, the Buffalo Bills wasted no time in making their first roster move. The team announced they have released punter Shawn Powell from his contract.

Powell first started with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State in the team's 2012 training camp. He was initially released by Buffalo in favor of long-standing veteran Brian Moorman, but the Bills then elected to sever ties with Moorman after just three games.

They brought Powell back, and he's served as the team's punter for the past 18 games. In that time, has averaged 44.7 yards per punt with a net average of 37.1. He's come under fire in the past two weeks for poor performance, and allowing 179 return yards Thursday night to Cleveland's Travis Benjamin.

The Bills have not signed another punter as a result, but still have a full nine days before the team's next game. The roster currently contains 52 players.

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