Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills made the decision early on Wednesday to release veteran running back Tashard Choice, a move that shocked some of the players in the locker room. Choice, who had been with the Bills since November of 2011, left a mark with some of his teammates to the point that both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller wore his jersey number during Wednesday's practice in his honor.
"I was completely surprised," Jackson said of Choice's release. "He's a guy that has been contributing not only on special teams, but he played a lot in the games too. It was shocking, but he's a tremendous player so I think he'll bounce somewhere and get right back on his feet."
Now with an empty spot on the active roster, the Bills found another piece to bring on to the team. Head coach Doug Marrone stayed coy about it beforehand, however.
"We're in the process of filling that roster spot. When we have something to report, then we'll get that out right away," he said. "Obviously we're in the process of going through some things and we really can't comment outside of that until it becomes official."
The Bills announced later in the day that they had come to terms with free agent tight end Tony Moeaki. In his fourth year out of Iowa, Moeaki made 29 starts with Kansas City and has caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns. He was released by the Chiefs on October 23.
For the 52 players that made up the active roster during Wednesday's practice, all but one of them were on the field and participating in full. Only defensive lineman Kyle Williams, who normally gets Wednesdays off to rest his Achilles after a Sunday game, was listed as a non-participant throughout the day.
The Bills have two more days of practice before flying down to Tampa Bay on Saturday. They take on the 3-9 Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Joe B's Take:
Starting tight end Scott Chandler has only four games left with the Bills before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, making the move to sign Tony Moeaki a smart one for planning ahead. Moeaki will come in and the Bills will find out if he has any game left from his time in Kansas City. He tore his ACL back in 2011, and then fractured his shoulder ahead of the 2013 campaign. While not the sexiest move, the Bills get a brief look at a former productive player in the league to see if they can get any production out of the 26-year old moving forward.