Gibson, Nance highlight Buffalo Bills cuts

Aaron Gibson's comeback attempt with the Bills ended Monday when the 6-foot-6, 375-pound guard was among nine players waived by Buffalo. After seeing limited time in Buffalo's first two preseason games, Gibson did not play in a 20-17 loss to Cleveland on Saturday. Gibson, drafted 27th overall in 1999 by Detroit, was out of football for two years before signing with the Bills in April.

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The Bills also waived defensive end Joshua Cooper, defensive backs James Bethea and Rob Lee, kicker Nicholas Setta, receivers Chris Denney and Martin Nance, and fourth-string quarterback Kliff Kingsbury.

The moves came a day before all NFL teams had to trim their roster to 75 players. The Bills, who close their preseason at Detroit on Thursday, have 22 more players to cut by Saturday.

Offensive tackle Dylan McFarland, the first of Buffalo's two 2004 seventh-round draft picks, was also released. He was placed on the waived-injured list after missing most of training camp with a knee injury suffered in NFL Europe action. He battled his way through training camp and actually held the second team right tackle spot for a while, but when his knee tendentious returned it hurt any chance of him making the roster.

Nance's release raised some eyebrows after he made several strong receptions during training camp. Projected as high as a late first day draft pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Nance signed with Buffalo in May as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (Ohio). His stock in the draft slipped due to injury concerns.

The Bills, however, have a deep receiver corps led by Lee Evans, Peerless Price, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish. Veteran free-agent addition Andre' Davis and returning backups Sam Aiken, Jonathan Smith and George Wilson are left to compete for the final spots. Wilson's strong performances in preseason, including a 55-yard reception vs Cleveland on Saturday spared him from the Turk for at least one more game.

"They're all tough," said Jauron of making the cuts. "They're certainly a lot tougher on the player than on me. I feel for them. They really gave us great effort and they really want to play. You've just got to make decisions and unfortunately you can't keep them all."

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