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Jeff Tuel released by Bills following Orton signing

The Buffalo Bills have cut ties with a backup quarterback for the third time this week.

After releasing veterans Thad Lewis and Jordan Palmer, the team axed Jeff Tuel on Saturday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Undrafted out of Washington State, Tuel impressed the coaching staff with a fine performance in training camp and preseason action last summer. He was the Bills' backup plan to start the season opener last September if EJ Manuel's knee didn't cooperate.

Thrown into the fire in relief of Manuel a month later, an overmatched Tuel completed just 8 of 20 passes for 80 yards and a game-sealing pick six. It was evident in that performance that Tuel simply doesn't have the arm talent to hold down a backup job in the NFL.

The Bills will go forward with veteran Kyle Orton as a handy insurance policy in case Manuel doesn't break out of his preseason funk.

You can track all the cuts as NFL teams reduce their rosters to 53 right here.

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