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Bills waive running back Karlos Williams

The Buffalo Bills made a surprising roster cut on Saturday, waiving running back Karlos Williams. It has been a controversy-filled offseason for the running back, culminating with a four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. He will miss the first four games while serving that suspension. This came after he was overweight at minicamp, pointing to his wife’s pregnancy for the weight problem.

This is surprising given the timing. The Bills play their second preseason game Saturday evening, so getting rid of him the afternoon leading up to the game is certainly an odd decision. It is possible they wanted to give him time to sign elsewhere. It is also possible he did or said something that has left them fed up and preferring to just jettison him.

The 49ers had some question marks at the running back position entering camp. They seem to be finding some intriguing answers already, but with three games left, we’ll be keeping a close eye on guys like Shaun Draughn, Mike Davis, DuJuan Harris, and Kelvin Taylor. And even if they were not happy with that group, I’m not sure if they would try and claim Williams off waivers given his suspension. I believe weekend waivers don’t run until Monday, so we’ll find out Monday afternoon who claims Williams, if anybody.