With only one day remaining for teams get cut down to 53 players on their final roster, here is my final 53-man roster projection for the Buffalo Bills:
Blue = Makes 53
White = Released
Orange = Injured Reserve or Reserve/PUP (not counting against 53)
Given the 16-man practice squad (17 for the Bills if they choose to use their exempt spot on running back Christian Wade), 70 of these players could actually still be with the team next week. Of course, it’s doubtful every person cut is signed back to the practice squad. A few could be claimed, some may want to go to another team's practice squad where they feel they have a better shot at making an active roster eventually, and the Bills may sign players who get cut by other teams eating up their own spots. However, I think a majority of them will be back with the Bills.
Fullback Patrick DiMarco was placed on Injured Reserve Friday, which means his season is over. Any players placed on I.R. prior to Saturday at 4 p.m. are out for the season. However, once a player makes the initial 53-man roster he can then be placed on I.R. and will be allowed to return to the active roster after three weeks. The new injured reserve rules allow for an unlimited number of players to return from I.R. during the season. All of that may impact what the team does with guard Jon Feliciano. One possible scenario is that Feliciano makes the final 53-man roster, is then placed on I.R., and then the team re-signs someone they cut originally. Feliciano had surgery for a torn pectoral muscle last month.
If the Bills choose to go that route for Feliciano, I’d have Ike Boettger as the player getting re-signed back to the active roster, provided he cleared waivers.
Tommy Sweeney will be moved from Active/PUP to Reserve/PUP, so he will have to stay there for six weeks before the team then has to make a decision on what to do with him for the rest of the season.
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