One of the biggest draft blunders committed by the Buffalo Bills in recent years came with the 41st pick in the 2010 draft.
That’s defensive tackle Torell Troup. Who was taken one spot before the Pats plucked tight end Rob Gronkowski.
After appearing in 15 games as a rookie and six in 2011, Troup hasn’t played at all, due to a back injury. Via the Bills’ official website, Troup has compared his situation to the career-ending back injury suffered in December 2011 by former Bears receiver Johnny Knox. Specially, Troup says they had the “same injury.”
But there are more differences than similarities. Troup, as explained by BuffaloBills.com, had a herniated disc removed and suffered a fracture of the spine. Knox had spinal fusion surgery and nerve damage.
Apart from the medical distinctions, Knox’s injury falls into the Theismann category of gruesome football incidents. If Troup wants to create sympathy for his own struggles, trying to hitch his wagon to Knox is more likely to create scorn.