The first shocking roster cut of the 2016 season has arrived.
The Buffalo Bills have released running back Karlos Williams, the team announced Saturday.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 20, 2016
The second-year tailback out of Florida State played an important role for the Bills last season, rushing for 517 yards and seven touchdowns as LeSean McCoy’s backup.
But the situation took a turn for the worse this offseason. Williams reportedly showed up to OTAs overweight and performed poorly in his conditioning test. He famously blamed that on dealing with the “injury of pregnancy,” claiming his pregnant fiancée influenced him to eat more.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Williams weighed as much as 261 pounds during the offseason.
At one point this off-season, now former Bills' RB Karlos Williams' weight went as high as 261 pounds. Bills had listed him at 229 pounds.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 20, 2016
A month later, Williams was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The Bills responded to the news by signing veteran tailback Reggie Bush and apparently feel content with the backfield pieces they possess.
Behind McCoy and Bush are Mike Gillislee and rookie Jonathan Williams, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated the same week Karlos Williams was suspended.