Injuries, Allen's progress top storylines as Bills head to minicamp

June 10, 2019

After close to two months of stretching, running, weightlifting, and practicing football with a lot of restrictions, the Buffalo Bills are entering their final week of offseason workouts before taking a six week break prior to training camp. The differences are this week it’s mandatory, and all three days are open to the media.

Up until now, all workouts have been voluntary. Players could not be fined or disciplined by the team or league for failing to show up. Even though that’s been the case, the Bills have had very good attendance throughout the offseason program, especially over the last three weeks as the team has held their 10 organized team activities. Also, the media was only able to watch one OTA session per week.

“It’s been outstanding, it really has,” head coach Sean McDermott said prior to last week’s workouts. “Even the guys that are hurt, they are going through and maximizing their treatment opportunities and our trainers have done a fantastic job and our strength staff is making sure what they can do they get done. It’s not been from a lack of effort or want to, including the participation, it’s been outstanding all season.”

The injuries. McDermott mentioned them. That’s because there’s been a lot of players who’ve had to sit out all or parts of practices due to injuries, recovery from past surgeries, or just general soreness or other issues the team feels needs maintenance and doesn’t want to take any chances.

Last Tuesday, in the only media-available OTA session of the four that week, a total of 13 players either didn’t practice at all or were considered limited. But McDermott re-iterated that tight end Tyler Kroft’s broken foot was still the only long-term situation. 

Other than injuries, the other big storyline to follow, at least to begin the week, is the performance of Josh Allen. The second-year quarterback was absolutely terrific two weeks ago in the OTA session open to the media, but wasn’t nearly as good in last week’s lone media-open session. This week will give people like me a chance to see him and his teammates three days in a row.

We’ll get an injury update from McDermott when he speaks to the media at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Practice begins at 11:45 a.m. each day.

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