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Bills release linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali

Ikemefuna Enemkpali is looking for a job -- again.

The linebacker, who made national news last month for punching Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the face and breaking his jaw in two places, has been released by the Buffalo Bills, the team announced Friday afternoon.

NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to cut active rosters to 53 players.

Enemkpali punched Smith in the Jets' locker room Aug. 11 over a lingering unpaid debt of $600. A day later, Rex Ryan's Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers.

According to a source, Enemkpali's on-field play and the uncertainty surrounding the fallout from the Smith incident were too much for the Bills to overlook. An NFL spokesman confirmed last month that the league will look into the incident, as it falls under the personal conduct policy. At the time, Jets coach Todd Bowles said it's up to Smith if he wants to pursue criminal charges.

As a result of the altercation, the Jets were forced to name veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter. Smith had surgery Aug. 13 and was given a recovery timetable of six to 10 weeks.

Enemkpali, who had a total of 11 tackles in four preseason games with the Bills, made news again last week when ESPN reported that he missed Louisiana Tech's season opener in 2011 because he had injured his hand after punching "a man he thought was a woman with whom he had arranged to have sex." The ESPN report, which cited an obtained copy of a police report, said Enemkpali was fooled by a person he met on Facebook using the name "Missy Lee."

According to the report, Enemkpali was not charged in the incident.

The Bills also released three other former Jets: quarterback Matt Simms, fullback John Conner and offensive lineman Will Campbell.

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