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Bills promote OL Mark Asper to 53-man roster, release G Colin Brown

By Jay Skurski

Colin Brown's tenure with the Buffalo Bills is over.

The team today released Brown, who started the first five games of the season at left guard, and replaced him on the 53-man roster by promoting offensive lineman Mark Asper from the practice squad.

Brown, 28, struggled throughout the season. Coach Doug Marrone said last week he would rotate Brown with Doug Legursky against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Six. Brown, however, got only 12 snaps to Legursky's 57.

Marrone was asked Monday afternoon whether Legursky had earned the starting job.

"I haven't talked to those players yet, but I thought Doug did a nice job in there for just coming back. Colin has struggled before and we did play Doug much more than we did Colin," Marrone said. "I don't really like talking about it until I've talked to the players, which I haven't yet. That's a situation that hasn't occurred and when I update those guys, I'll update that answer."

That came in the form of today's release of Brown.

Asper, 27, has spent the first six weeks of the season on the Bills' practice squad. The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the Bills in 2012, but did not make the team out of training camp. He spent portions of his rookie season on the active rosters for both the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Additionally, the Bills made a change to their practice squad, releasing defensive end Jamie Blatnick and signing linebacker Jacquies Smith. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2012, but was released before the start of the regular season. Smith spent a portion of his rookie year on the New York Jets' practice squad, but was released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-2, 260-pounder started 30 of 51 career games in college at Missouri, totaling 159 tackles, 13 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

The Bills also signed Bryant Browning to the practice squad. Browning entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and spent his rookie year with the Carolina Panthers. He spent the 2012 season on the practice squads of Carolina and Cleveland went through training camp this year with the New York Giants. The 6-4, 325-pounder made 40 starts in 52 career appearances in college at Ohio State.


Colin Brown | Doug Legursky | Doug Marrone | Jamie Blatnick | Mark Asper
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