Count Brown among those surprised by the decision.
"I expected to play and I expected to play right away," he said Thursday. "I still expected to play right away after preseason. But, me not playing and inactive was a surprise. I didn't expect that."
Talk around Brown has heated up this week after the Bills' running game has struggled in recent weeks. With C.J. Spiller seeing a season-low 12 snaps last Sunday, there seemed to be an opening for Brown to be active and see playing time.
At the moment, don't expect that. Brown is still a member of the scout team in practice and coach Doug Marrone didn't express a sense of urgency Thursday when asked about getting Brown on the field.
"He's here for a while. I'm not concerned about [getting him on the field soon]," Marrone said.
It's been a trying experience for Brown, however, who played in 16 games each of his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I look at it this way: I've matured. I know if this was the old Bryce in this situation, I probably wouldn't be here right now," he said. "So I think that shows a lot, just about my maturity the last few years. I remember when I was in college and things didn't go my way, in the past, I just walked away. That just showed I've matured, a lot."