Bills place Troup on injured reserve
It's been a tumultuous start to say the least for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Torell Troup. And with the news on Thursday, he'll have to wait even longer to make the impact on the team that he's wanted since being drafted in 2010.
The Bills announced on Thursday that they have placed Troup on injured reserve, effectively ending his season. It is the second straight season that Troup has landed on the IR due to a back injury. In 2011, the defensive tackle had been plagued by it all season long before the team ended his season in November.
He had major back surgery in December, and has been fighting to rehab it and get back in time for the 2012 season. Troup took a step forward on the team's conditioning day, one day ahead of the Bills' first official practice at training camp. When practice came calling, Troup was doing much worse. Since that time, he's been attempting to get back in to practice, trying to work his way in to team drills and riding a stationary bike in between.
In the end however, the Bills decided placing Troup on the injured reserve was the better option for both parties. Chan Gailey said, "I told him when we visited I'm proud if him for the way he fought to get back, but he just couldn't make it and we saw he wasn't going to make it this year so we wanted to not let him worry about it anymore and go get well and we'll give him a run next year."
With roster spots along the defensive line hard to come by this season, this move ensures that Troup will remain a member of the organization for the beginning of 2013. Looking forward, backup defensive tackles Dwan Edwards and Spencer Johnson are each in the final year of their contract, so cutting a player at that position with many years spent in the organization may not have been the most enticing option.
Instead Troup will be around for his third-straight season, and be able to rehabilitate his back without having to rush a potential return. Bills coaches have always been very complimentary of Troup in his time on the field, especially during 2010's version of training camp.
Back in July, Troup told WGR that trying to get through this back injury was like trying to fight his "own demon."
Troup played in only six games in 2011 before finding his way on injured reserve in late November. He was active for 15 games during his rookie campaign.
The Bills are now down to 85 players on the active roster. They have until August 27 to cut down to 75.