Bills release Walter Powell

The receiver was eligible to return to the Bills on Tuesday

October 02, 2017 - 5:47 pm

Shortly after wide receiver Walter Powell came off the the reserve/suspended list and before he was eligible to return to the team on Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills release the fourth-year veteran. The move was confirmed by head coach Sean McDermott, who joined Schopp and the Bulldog for his weekly visit on Buffalo Football Monday. 

The thought was Powell would be part of a group that would fill in for Jordan Matthews after the news came down that he will have surgery on his thumb, and will likely miss at least a month of action. With Powell no longer on the roster, the Bills' receiving corps now includes Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, Kaelin Clay, and Brandon Tate. An addition via free agency, trade, or a signing off the practice squad seems likely. Preseason fan favorite Brandon Reilly is one of two wide receivers on the practice squad.

Powell was a sixth round pick of the Arizona Cardinals back in the 2014 NFL Draft. He bounced around between the Cardinals, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and the Bills. He made the Bills roster out of training camp last season and had 14 catches for 142 yards. Prior to the 2017 season, Powell was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

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