With Moeaki out a while, Bills sign tight end to roster
Injuries will always be a part of training camp for a team in the National Football League, and sometimes they come in bunches to effect one position in particular. The Buffalo Bills are no exception to that rule, having suffered two separate injuries to their tight end group in the first week of camp.
Following the release of Mike Caussin earlier in the week, the Bills lost both Tony Moeaki and Chris Gragg to injury which left them with only two tight ends on the roster. Moeaki will be out with a hamstring injury for "a significant amount of time" according to head coach Doug Marrone. The head coach clarified that "significant" could mean missing three, or four days of work, and with that reasoning, he did not give a timetable for the tight end's return.
In Gragg's case, he had to be hospitalized a few days ago due to heat cramps and hasn't been able to practice since. Marrone said they're hoping to have him back sometime next week.
With those two unavailable for practice the Bills only had two players (Scott Chandler and Lee Smith) at the position that could practice, which led to the signing of Dominique Jones as an unrestricted free agent. A 6-foot-3, 270-pound tight end out of Shepherd, Jones first entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. He also spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs and has appeared in 12 games over the past two years.
To make room for Jones, the Bills have released offensive lineman Mark Asper from the roster.