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Bills cut Tony Steward, further depleting linebacker depth

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have further depleted their depth at linebacker by cutting Tony Steward.

The Bills announced the move Tuesday, about an hour after Steward posted a note on Twitter revealing his departure. Steward wrote that he was grateful for the opportunity the Bills provided him and was looking forward to the next chapter.

A sixth-round pick out of Clemson last year, Steward had difficulty getting any playing time as a rookie. He was used primarily in a special teams role and appeared in just five games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve as a result of a back injury.

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The Bills are low on linebackers. They did not re-sign Nigel Bradham and Ty Powell, and backup A.J. Tarpley retired last week because of concussion concerns.

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