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LB Kirk Morrison released by Bills


By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills this afternoon released veteran linebacker Kirk Morrison, who had been inactive for all 12 games so far this season.

An eight-year veteran, Morrison has 95 career starts, but none of those came in his two years with the Bills. He spoke with The Buffalo News last month about what a trying season this had been.

"Game days are ... pretty tough. I put a lot into it during the week. Even still, I work out four or five times a week. I'm still preparing as if I'm going to play [the next game]," he said. "When you have that build up all week long and you come out there on Sunday, you get excited just like the other guys. You want to go out there and perform and show what you've practiced all week for.

"It's been a little tough because you know you're not going to go out there and get that opportunity, but that doesn't stop me from the way I prepare and go about my business. It's tough. You just sit back and you hope you get the opportunity to show what you can do. I think sometimes you feel like you should be out there."

Morrison's release was announced just minutes after coach Chan Gailey provided his afternoon update to the media.

The Bills could be in need of extra offensive line depth this week, with center Eric Wood out because of a left knee injury and the possibility of right tackle Chris Hairston missing the game because of bruised right foot.

(Photo: Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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