Bills Training Camp - The injury bug that plagued the Buffalo Bills in 2009 is stillaround. The team did some roster shuffling Monday, aftergetting hard by injury at the tight end spot the last few days.
Veteran Michael Matthews was waived/injured Mondayafternoon. And the team signed veteran TE J.P. Foschi to takehis place.
Matthews was injured in practice Sunday night at St. JohnFisher. And Head Coach Chan Gailey says the team could not wait forhim to get better.
"Yeah, that's what it was," Gailey said. "It was tooextensive to fee like we could afford to hold onto it for toolong."
Foschi is a four year NFL veteran who played with the CincinnatiBengals last year. He caught 27 passes for the Bengals, twoof them for touchdowns. He's also spent time in the NFL withthe Raiders and the Chiefs, starting 15 of the 33-games he's playedin over a four year span.
Foschi played for Gailey at Georgia Tech, and again two yearsago, with the Kansas City Chiefs.
"This will be the third go-around with his offense," Foschi saidafter practice Monday, "from college, then Kansas City, nowhere. So I'm familiar with the terminology. The playsare coming back to memory. I feel comfortable."
Gailey says the Bills will still have to add another tight endto the roster in the next few days, with Foschi and Jonathan Stuparthe only healthy players at the position. He also said firstyear OT Nick Hennessey could wind up getting snaps at tightend while the Bills are in this bind.
The club also released backup DB John Destin Mondayafternoon.
On the subject of quarterbacks, the open competition is stillon, according to Gailey, even though Trent Edwards getsthe majority of the practice snaps, and has started the first twopreseason games. Gailey says he'll wait aslong as it takes, before he anoints a starter.
"If we says it's open, we've got to let it play out," Gaileysays. "I wish we could do it today, it would be easieron everybody. We're still looking at every optionthat's available and every direction that we want to go. I think as long as we have that openness about it, then we're goingto make a good decision--even if it doesn't come untilthe week of the first game."
The Bills finish their training camp Tuesday morning, with a9:45 AM workout. It is free and open to the public atSt. John Fisher College.
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