Bills roster at 85 after releasing McCloud and McGhin

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By WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills appear to be on their way to trimming their roster down to 81 players by Tuesday after releasing wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin on Monday. The roster currently sits at 85 players.

We’ve released OL Garrett McGhin and WR Ray-Ray McCloud.Details: https://t.co/oGbHT5Kewc pic.twitter.com/t6fBNxNVZ5

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 27, 2020

McCloud was scooped back up by the Bills and placed on the practice squad this past season after he played six games for the Carolina Panthers. McCloud's biggest contribution may have been serving as a scout team quarterback when the Bills were preparing to face mobile quarterbacks like Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Houston Texans signal caller Deshaun Watson in the playoffs. He signed a reserve/futures contract on back Jan. 6.

McGhin was also signed from the Panthers, although the Bills didn't bring him in until April 23. McGhin played two games last season for Carolina.

NFL teams have the option of practicing as one with an 80-man roster, or splitting up into separate squads and maintaining a 90-man roster limit. It appears the Bills are on their way to the former.

However, our own Sal Capaccio has gotten confirmation on Monday that running back Christian Wade will still be an exemption for the Buffalo roster as he still qualifies as part of the league’s International Pathways Program. That allows Buffalo the opportunity for that extra roster spot and to bring 81 players to training camp.

The Bills are allowed to carry 81 players. Their exemption for RB Christian Wade is still applied, confirmed to @WGR550

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) July 27, 2020

In addition, undrafted free agent defensive back Ike Brown has reportedly been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which lists a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. While on this list, players do not count against their team's roster total.

A total of 24 players across 14 teams in the NFL have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Monday.