Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Leinart (7) gets hit by Detroit Lions defensive end Israel Idonije (77) after a pass during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL roster cuts: Bills release Matt Leinart, Crezdon Butler


Matt Leinart’s tenure with the Buffalo Bills didn’t last more than a week. According to the former first-round pick, the Bills released him on Friday morning in advance of the Saturday afternoon deadline to cut team rosters down to 53.

Leinart was with the team for just five days and played in the preseason finale against the Lions before the team pulled the trigger, which likely means rookie E.J. Manuel will soon be able to retake the field.

“Tough game. Tough situation. No excuses. (Thank) you to the Bills organization!” Leinart wrote on his Twitter account before circling back and hitting the delete button.

While the New York Jets also kicked the tires on Leinart over the weekend and early in to this week, it is unlikely that he will catch on to an NFL roster once final cuts have been made.

Also being released by the Bills was cornerback Crezdon Butler and offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders. Butler was considered a potential replacement for injured Stephon Gilmore, but the team apparently had other plans. Sanders was the Bills 2012 fifth-round pick.

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