The Buffalo Bills have released linebacker Tony Steward. The move is a bit of a surprise as the team recently lost linebacker A.J. Tarpley to retirement and the team is already thin at the linebacker position.
Steward was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Clemson. As a rookie, Steward struggled to stay on the field. During the preseason, Steward sprained his MCL. He wasn't active on the 53-man roster until Week 6. From Week 6 to Week 13, Steward recorded two combined tackles for the Bills. Steward missed the final four games of his rookie season with a back injury and he was placed on the injured reserve in early December.
After releasing Steward, Buffalo now only has eight linebackers on their roster. It's possible that the Bills add a few linebackers to their roster in the 2016 draft as well as after the draft via undrafted free agents.