The Buffalo Bills lost a narrow game last night to the Cleveland Browns due to a number extenuating circumstances. They lost their starting quarterback early in the third quarter after it appeared they were ready to take control of the game, and the defense couldn’t hold on to a lead after backup quarterback Jeff Tuel was ineffective in relief of E.J. Manuel.
But the biggest reason they lost last night was the ineffectiveness of their punter, Shawn Powell, who repeatedly punted the ball poorly to Browns return-man Travis Benjamin, who ended up setting the team single-game record for punt return yards.
Today, the Bills made sure Powell wouldn’t cost them another game, cutting him less than 12 hours after the game ended:
Not happy with what they saw last night, the Bills released P Shawn Powell.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2013
Shawn Powell getting cut shows a sense of accountability. Wasn’t all his fault, but his punting was horrible. — Patrick Moran (@PatrickMoranBSD) October 4, 2013
Bills announced they released punter Shawn Powell, who can blame Browns returner Travis Benjamin for that. Took one to the house last night
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 4, 2013