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September 6, 2010

Danvers native Hennessey cut by Buffalo Bills

The caliber of players released on the National Football League's annual cut-down day ranges from undrafted rookies to former Pro Bowlers.

Saturday, unfortunately, Danvers' Nick Hennessey was among them.

For the second straight season, Hennessey was one of Buffalo's final cuts as the Bills released 19 players to trim their roster to the league-mandated 53-player maximum.

Last year, Hennessey was signed to the Bills practice squad, meaning he fully participates in practice but cannot dress for games. Practice squad players can be promoted in the event of an injury, though, and that remains a definite possibility for 2010, since the Bills kept just seven offensive linemen on their 53-man roster.

Hennessey is also free to sign with any team looking to shore up its depth along the offensive line.

A 6-foot-5, 291-pound graduate of Phillips Andover and Colgate University, Hennessey appeared in one game towards the end of the season last year for Buffalo, which went 6-10 a year ago and hasn't made the playoffs since 1999.

Originally signed as an undrafted rookie out of Colgate in 2009, Hennessey was a consensus All-America selection in his final year as a Patriot. A fixture at tackle for the Patriots, he started the final 34 games of his college career and also played in the Texas vs. the Nation Collegiate All-Star Bowl as a senior.

Buffalo is expected to announce its final selections for the practice squad today.

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