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Bills give away Mana Silva's jersey, probably not into having him back

By Tim Graham

PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills wouldn't confirm whether AWOL safety Mana Silva has been or will be cut.

But they did give away his number today.

And even if Silva hasn't been released, head coach Doug Marrone didn't sound like Silva would be welcomed back with open arms.

Silva left the team Monday, but was not excused. Silva's agent, Josh Arnold, told the Associated Press reporter John Wawrow that Silva is dealing with personal issues.

"He did not contact me or speak to me about his decision, why or what," Marrone said today. "I'm concentrating on the guys that are here."

The Bills placed Silva on the exempt-left squad list Tuesday. The Bills announced this morning they'd signed safety Mark LeGree and issued him No. 30, Silva's number.

Asked if Silva would be welcomed back if he decided to return, Marrone didn't sound too eager.

"I'll be honest with you; I think it's tough," Marrone said. "When someone makes a decision that, depending on what it is, if it's something that is a personal thing, I would like to expect the players to come to me and say, 'Hey, I have this going on. Can I be excused?'

"Ninety-nine percent of the time, I'd be like, 'Yeah, let's clear that up and move on and go.' But if it's a case of, 'I don't know if I want to be on the team or if I want to compete' or anything like that, in my experience, I think it's been very hard to talk somebody into playing."

Silva was who the Dallas Cowboys waived to make room for former Bills punter Brian Moorman last year. Silva played seven games for the Bills. He recorded one defensive tackle and one special-teams tackle.


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