ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Offensive tackle Brandon Shell is retiring from the NFL, the Bills announced Tuesday, placing Shell on the reserve/retired list after he was absent from practice.

The 31-year-old Shell signed with Buffalo in June, adding veteran depth to the offensive line. The great-nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Art Shell started 11 games at right tackle for the Miami Dolphins in 2022, his seventh professional season. A fifth-round draft pick in 2016, Shell started 61 games over four seasons with the New York Jets and two with the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s a hard position to play if your heart’s not into it,” Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said Wednesday. “It’s a taxing game, especially up front, with the pounding you take, if you’re not fully all go into it. So, respect the decision, and then now, as an offense, we just got to be able to adjust.”

Shell was competing with Tommy Doyle and David Quessenberry for a roster spot backing up the Bills starting offensive tackles Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown. He played 18 snaps, including one on special teams in Buffalo’s preseason win against Indianapolis on Saturday. Doyle was a full participant in practice Tuesday after leaving the preseason opener with a knee injury.

The Bills gained a player on the practice field Tuesday with special teamer Tyler Matakevich being activated from the physically unable to perform list. Star pass rusher Von Miller is the only Bills player remaining on the PUP list, after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was activated last week. Phillips has gradually increased his practice participation.

The Bills visit Pittsburgh on Saturday night for their second preseason game.


Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB squad in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. The Buffalonian has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Bisons, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in Western New York since 2005, for publications including The Associated Press, The Buffalo News, and Niagara Gazette. Read more of his work here.