Two Bills got bad news Wednesday, learning that injuries will keep them out for Saturday’s preseason opener in Chicago.
WR Roscoe Parrish had missed the past few practices with a tweaked hamstring. He returned for Wednesday night’s practice…only to pull up lame after running a deep route. After practice head coach Chan Gailey told the media Parrish had re-injured the muscle and will be held out for a while.
“He tweaked the same thing he’s sat out with for a couple of days,” said Gailey. “He’s going to miss this (preseason game) we’ll hold him out and not take any chances and make sure we get him well.”
This stinks for Parrish, but does the give the Bills more opportunity to evaluate the rest of their hoard of young, talented receivers. Hopefully Roscoe recovers soon, but there’s so sense in rushing him back.
Another Bill missing Saturday’s game will be second-year DT Torell Troup. Troup injured his hand Monday in drills, and by Wednesday X-rays revealed a cracked bone. Coach Gailey says Troup will eventually be able to play through the injury, but not until next week.
“They can put a cast on it and let him play, but it’s going to be a few days until the swelling gets back down and it knits together a litlte bit better so he can get out there on the field,” said Gailey.
Troup himself says he plans to play as soon as possible: “Somewhere in my hand I’ve got a little broken bone, but it’ll be fine,” he said. “I’m still going to play. I’ve just got to wait for the pain to go away and they’re going to cast it up and I’ll get out there again.”
This is a tough break for Troup, who has by most accounts been having a very good camp following his somewhat dissapointing rookie season. The Bills are dying for a true 3-4 nose tackle, and Troup had (and still has) a golden opportunity in this camp to seize a bunch of playing time.
With Troup down for a while, this could be a chance for project nose tackles Michael Jasper and Kellen Heard to get themselves noticed. They’ll be two guys to watch carefully Saturday.