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Bills release WR Walt Powell


The Bills parted ways with Walt Powell on Monday after the receiver came off the reserve/suspended list.

Powell had been serving a four-game league-imposed suspension for violation of the NFL's performance enhancing substance policy. At 4 pm he would've have reverted back to Buffalo's active roster. Instead the Bills chose to release him.

Head coach Sean McDermott currently has a void to fill at wide receiver after Jordan Matthews underwent thumb surgery for an injury suffered in Sunday's win at Atlanta. He's out indefinitely, but McDermott made it sound as if he's giving real consideration to the two receivers on his practice squad in Brandon Reilly and Malachi Dupre.

"I feel good about them," McDermott said. "I like the guys we have on this team overall. Practice squad for us may be different than other teams. For us if we have guys on that roster and on our football team, practice squad in this case, who are working hard, we will look to bring them up if they give us a chance. We have some young guys on the practice squad."

Powell, 25, appeared in 11 games for the Bills between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He posted 14 receptions for 142 yards along with three kick returns and a punt return.

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