The move comes one day after Tarpley saw extended playing time after Nigel Bradham suffered an injury. During his time on the field, Tarpley struggled, especially in run defense. Tarpley went undrafted in the 2015 NFL draft and joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent.
The release of Tarpley will open up a third roster spot on the Bills as the team plans on placing Kyle Williams and Alex Carrington on the injured reserve. Suddenly hurting for depth defensively, the Bills will likely try to fill the vacancies as soon as possible. Although Tarpley struggled against the Chiefs, his release is a bit of a surprise after Bradham's injury. Rex Ryan iindicated that Bradham won't be ready to go against the Houston Texans.
Ryan told the media on Monday that rookie linebacker Tony Steward will start in place of Bradham on Sunday.