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Bills release CB Justin Rogers


The Bills released cornerback Justin Rogers from the 53-man roster, the team announced. Rogers, a seventh-round pick in 2011, had lost his spot in the lineup early in the fifth game of the season and was inactive for the past six games.

Rogers started the first four games in place of injured Stephon Gilmore. But then he was was benched and the Bills moved safety Aaron Williams to the cornerback spot for two weeks until Gilmore was able to return to action. Rogers was the Bills' slot cornerback for most of last season.

Meanwhile, the team signed defensive back Mario Butler to the practice squad and released defensive back Johnny Adams. Butler, 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds, entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia Tech in 2011. He spent portions of the 2011 and 2012 seasons on the practice squads of Dallas and Denver.

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