With organized team activities (OTA’s) underway for the Buffalo Bills, the expectations are as high as ever for the team. But, in the few days of optional practices so far, the Bills are already battling injuries. Reports are from WGR 550, Sal Cappacio, NFL.com, and the Buffalo Bills official website and social media accounts. Head coach Sean McDermott has also confirmed these injuries. OTA’s are voluntary, non-contact practices.
-New projected starter at tight end Tyler Kroft broke his foot in practice early in the week. His time table for return is about 3-4 months and he has already had surgery to repair it. The injury is to the same foot he injured last season.
–Cole Beasley and Mitch Morse were held out of practice because they are recovering from core muscle surgeries. Jon Feliciano and Spencer Long have taken the majority of the reps at the center position while Morse has been out.
–Russel Bodine is still recovering from shoulder surgery he had this offseason.
–Frank Gore is still recovering from his foot/ankle injury he sustained at the end of last season. Newly acquired T.J Yeldon is dealing with a groin injury as far as running backs go.
–David Sills is limited with a hamstring issue. The injury first occurred at rookie minicamp.
–Rafael Bush and Taron Johnson were practicing but had to wear red, non-contact jerseys
-Some good news: Matt Milano appears to be back and fully participating in drills following his broken fibula from last season.
While players recover it could open up more opportunities for younger players. Or, it could be an opportunity for other players to earn roster spots or starting spots before training camp in late July.