Bills release Brad Smith from injured reserve

AP

When Brad Smith signed a four-year contract with the Bills before the 2011 season, there was a lot of talk about the multiple ways that the team would utilize a player who had seen time as a runner, receiver, returner and Wildcat quarterback with the Jets.

Things never really turned out that way as Smith became mostly an afterthought on both offense and special teams while Chan Gailey was coach in his first two years with Buffalo. Smith restructured his contract this offseason and was trying to make the team as a wide receiver this summer when he suffered a rib injury at the end of preseason that landed him on injured reserve.

Smith’s no longer on injured reserve as the Bills released him on Friday with an injury settlement. Smith can now go on to play for any of the other 31 teams in the league, assuming he convinces them he’s healthy enough to play, but he cannot re-sign with the Bills this season.