BUFFALO, N. Y. — Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer’s NFL plans are on hold.
The defensive tackle, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills in April after his senior season at Ferris State University, was among 10 players cut by the Bills at Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Zimmer played in three of the Bills four pre-season games, getting three tackles, including one solo tackle. Zimmer also played a game as a fullback for the Bills.
The Bills waited until the 4 p.m. deadline in order to see how many players would be injured, which would necessitate the need for players who would have been cut to stay on the 75-man roster, according to a report in the Buffalo News.
“If there is an injury or something like that, then you have your whole roster to choose from,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters.
The NFL mandates teams start training camp with a 90-man roster, which must be reduced to 75 before the final pre-season game.
On Saturday, teams will have until 4 p.m. to reduce their roster to 53 players. From there, teams can elect to sign up to 10 players to their practice squad before the first regular- season game.
Zimmer did not return a request seeking comment before press time Tuesday night.