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Corner, Hangartner, S. Nelson, Roosevelt headline cuts

Posted Sep 3, 2011

There were some names that have become familiar to Bills fans that were trimmed from Buffalo’s roster Saturday as the club cut 22 players from their roster prior to the 6 pm deadline to get down to the required 53 while also placing four players on waived-injured and one on injured reserve.

“Every decision today is a difficult decision,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “There are no easy decisions. It involves their life, their profession, their goals and their dreams and that’s the hardest day of the year for me. But you make decisions for a lot of different reasons.”

Reggie Corner and Shawn Nelson, two former fourth-round draft picks along with a Western New York natives in Jon Corto and Naaman Roosevelt were released on Saturday along with 23 other players.

Corner had appeared in 44 games for the Bills since he was drafted by the club in 2008, serving mainly as a subpackage cornerback in the slot. Nelson, another former fourth-round pick (2009), was a player that also looked long on potential, but was short on availability due to suspensions, injuries and a migraine condition the past two seasons.

Veteran center Geoff Hangartner was also released after losing his starting job to Eric Wood, after serving two seasons as the starter in the pivot.

Roosevelt, a Buffalo native, made the team’s practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2010, and was called up to the active roster to appear in six games last season. Despite a strong training camp he too, did not make the cut.

Gailey admitted the receiver position involved a lot of difficult choices.

“That was a tough call, that receiver position because there were some good players at that spot,” he said. “We had a hard decision on those kind of guys that had been here last year. You develop a relationship with them, it’s harder each time.”

Buffalo also announced that SS Jon Corto, WR Felton Huggins, LB Jammie Kirlew and T Ed Wang have been Waived/Injured. In addition they placed RB Bruce Hall on Injured Reserve.

“We make decisions based on knowledge, insight and opinion and what we feel is best for the opportunity to beat Kansas City and for the future of our football team,” said Gailey. “Each individual decision is on its own merit. It’s tough every year.”

Here are the remaining roster cuts made by the Bills Saturday.

LS Danny Aiken
WR Kamar Aiken
QB Levi Brown
FB Jehuu Caulcrick
TE Mike Caussin
LB Antonio Coleman
CB Reggie Corner
WR Craig Davis
DE Lionel Dotson
DB Sidney Glover
C Geoff Hangartner
LB Brandon Hicks
G Cordaro Howard
NT Michael Jasper
DE T.J. Langley
CB Doyle Miller
TE Shawn Nelson
DB Joshua Nesbitt
WR Naaman Roosevelt
C Michael Switzer
T Jason Watkins
OL Mansfield Wrotto