The Buffalo Bills released running back Tashard Choice on Wednesday.
Choice has 126 yards on 35 rushes this year. He rushed for 471 on 3.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns in two-plus seasons with Buffalo. The sixth-year veteran also caught 27 passes and contributed on special teams since joining the Bills in November 2011.
Choice's role was mainly as a third-down back behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
The Bills have the fourth-ranked rushing offense in the NFL this season. Spiller is coming off his best game of the season with 15 carries for 149 yards with a touchdown in the Bills' 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.
Choice was a fourth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2008. He was picked up by Buffalo off waivers. For his career, Choice has 261 carries for 1,535 yards (4.3 yards per carry) with 10 touchdowns and 80 catches for 569 yards.
By releasing Choice, the Bills can give rookie Ronnie Wingo more opportunities. Wingo is a big back at 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds. Wingo, an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas, was promoted from the practice squad in late October. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons in the spring.