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Bryce Brown released by Buffalo Bills

Bryce Brown's Buffalo Bills career will end with 302 total yards over seven games.

The team announced Tuesday that the fourth-string running back has been released to create room on the 53-man roster for star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who was activated off the reserve suspended list.

Clinging to the memory of Brown's two-game, rookie-season star turn which featured back-to-back performances of 178 and 169 yards, general manager Doug Whaley acquired him for a fourth-round pick on draft weekend in 2014.

With Fred Jackson on the decline and C.J. Spiller due to reach free agency, Brown was expected to be a big part of the succession plan in Buffalo's backfield.

That plan was nixed when the Eaglesdangled an even better backin front of Whaley and Rex Ryan last March.

With LeSean McCoy entrenched as the workhorse and rookie power back Karlos Williams emerging as a promising second fiddle, Brown was deemed expendable.

Although Brown theoretically offers a rare power-speed combination, we haven't seen that on display since fumbling woes landed him in Andy Reid's dog house back in 2012.

Two coaching staffs apiece in Philadelphia and Buffalo have now thrown in the towel on Brown's unrealized potential.

If Brown ever kicks the fumbling problem and fully commits himself to mastering the fundamentals of the position, his next coaching staff could stumble upon an impact player.

Whereas Whaley surrendered a draft pick to test that hypothesis, other general managers now have the opportunity to conduct their own experiment on the cheap.

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