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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