Former Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams surprisingly released by Bills

The same day former Arkansas QB Brandon Allen was unexpectedly cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of his former teammates — RB Jonathan Williams — was let go by the Buffalo Bills.

In fact, the news with Williams comes as an even bigger surprise as he was expected to back up starter LeSean McCoy. Williams looked good in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions, carrying it 10 times for 53 yards, including a 21-yard TD.

In 11 games last season, Williams had 27 carries for 94 yards and a score but lost two fumbles despite his limited touches.

The move was especially unpredictable since a report from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport suggests that the move to part ways with Williams had nothing to do with injuries, as Williams was dealing with hamstring and knee problems this offseason.

Running back/fullback Mike Tolbert is now expected to fill in to be McCoy’s backup.

Williams, a fifth-round pick by the Bills in 2016, led the Razorbacks in rushing with 1,190 yards in 2014 after posting 900 yards the previous season.

However, Williams suffered a foot injury in 2015 fall camp and missed the entire season.

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