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Bills release RB Karlos Williams

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By Anthony Caruso III

In a surprising move, the Buffalo Bills have released running back Karlos Williams. After he was hit with a suspension, the team signed veteran back Reggie Bush to a one-year deal.

According to the team, he was out of weight when he showed up to camp. The move was made just hours before the team’s second preseason game with the New York Giants.

Karlos Williams (Getty Images)

Karlos Williams (Getty Images)

Williams was one considered a future replacement for LeSean McCoy. However, his weight ballooned and the Bills had enough.

He blamed it on his pregnant fiancée for coming to camp out of weight. The Bills wasn’t pleased, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter said his weight went up to 261 pounds.

“I’ve always said this is a performance-based business and the release of Karlos Williams was strictly performance-based,” general manager Doug Whaley said. “He came in behind the eight ball and never caught up and there was other guys on the roster that moved ahead of him.

“So in the light of that we thought, why hold on to him, why don’t we give him a chance to maybe find another job out there in the league? We weren’t going to hold on to him to the end knowing he wasn’t going to make the team.”

He began camp on the team’s active/non-football injury. However, earlier this month, head coach Rex Ryan said that Williams’ job was safe until Sat.’s decision.

The 23-year-old had 93 carries for 517 yards and seven touchdowns.

This summer, he was hit with a four-game suspension that will begin with the 2016 season. He violated the league’s Substance Abuse policy.

Because of his release, if he doesn’t sign with a team by Week 5, his suspension will end and he’ll be able to play again.

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