The Buffalo Bills placed Torell Troup on the season-ending injured reserve list Thursday in the latest setback of the defensive tackle’s young career.
Troup spent the past month showing very little progress since having back surgery in December. That’s when he had two disks fused to repair a nagging injury that limited Troup to just six games last season.
The Bills had high expectations of Troup when they selected him with the 41st pick in the 2010 draft out of Central Florida. He had a promising rookie season in which he finished with 23 tackles and two pass breakups in 15 games, including three starts.
A series of injuries began hampering Troup during training camp last year. He was eventually placed on IR in November.
This year, Troup was held out of the team’s spring minicamp practice sessions with the anticipation he could be ready for the start of training camp last month.
Coach Chan Gailey said Troup ”looked good” during a conditioning session a day before camp opened in suburban Rochester last month. But Troup then had a setback the following day and spent much of the rest of camp either working on his own or getting very limited practice time.
Troup said two weeks ago that he had been in constant pain since having the operation. He second-guessed himself on why he had the procedure, even though doctors said it would be necessary.
”If I could go back, yeah, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to deal with this,” he said.
It had become increasingly evident as training camp progressed that Troup was going to have difficulty not only getting healthy, but making the active roster. In the latest depth chart released by the team this week, Troup was listed fourth and last behind starter Kyle Williams.
Troup has one year left on his four-year contract.
The move leaves the Bills with an 85-player roster heading into their preseason game against Pittsburgh on Saturday. NFL teams have until Monday to reduce their rosters to 75 players. The deadline to establish 53-player rosters is Aug. 31.