Bills start setting up roster for training camp

AP

For most Americans, summer will stretch on for several more weeks but NFL teams are preparing to get back to work as training camps open around the league.

One of the ways they prepare is by placing players on various non-participation lists that will keep them from practicing until later in camp or after the regular season starts. The Bills got the ball rolling on Wednesday by making moves involving five players.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso was one of three players placed on the Non-Football Injury list. Alonso will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL while working out earlier this month. Tackle Cordy Glenn, who was held out of some late Spring work with an illness, and defensive tackle Alan Branch are also on the list.

Cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who is recovering from hip surgery, and linebacker Randell Johnson were put on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Players on either list can be activated at any time during camp or they can revert to the regular season version of them if they aren’t ready when the regular season gets underway.

The Bills also announced that they have signed former Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. Sylvester mostly appeared on special teams during his four years with the Steelers and Alonso’s injury may open up a spot on the depth chart for a linebacker. Tight end Mike Caussin was released to make room on the roster.

13 responses to “Bills start setting up roster for training camp

  1. Does anyone know what is going on with Alan Branch? Was supposed to be a key part of the rotation after they signed him, now he’s been nonexistent?

  2. Steelers fan here, on Sylvester. He was all right when you saw him play, but he just couldn’t stay healthy. He had his chances outside with Woodley’s own health problems and didn’t take advantage of them. He had his chances inside when Sean Spence got hurt too. Not a great special teams guy, which always hurt him.

    Maybe a bit of time away from football ramped up his work ethic or something. On the plus side, he can play both inside and outside in a 3-4 defense and he’s at his athletic prime. If healthy, Sly might end up a decent steal for y’all. Inside, two-down run stuffing linebacker would be a good role for him.

    This is an ironic signing for the Bills considering the Steelers signed Arthur Moats. I think football junkie fans of both teams are going to be comparing the performance of the two of them across next season, assuming both make their teams’ regular season roster. Go Steelers!

  3. Not really sure what you mean by nonexistent….the season ended???…. Everyone is nonexistent…Can’t see him getting cut after signing an extension…. I wouldn’t buy In to this 3-4, 4-3 defense…. Players now a days are put into the situation that suits them best…

  4. Terrible???…really???…. Football is more than looking at Box Scores.., great run stopper…brigs depth…what more do you want for 1 million. A year…. Career high in tackles…. Pro football talk graded him as a top 10 run stopping end….I guess terrible us accurate….

  5. “He can’t be a key part because he’s terrible”

    He’s a decent back up and stop gap in case of injury. No, he’s not Dareus or K. Williams but a nice addition in run stuffing packages.

  6. The Bills are my new second favorite team. Great fans, never get the respect deserved, small town feel like here in Tampa. That said, Bucs and Bills go at in preseason game one in three short weeks. Let’s get R dun, with no injuries to either side. P.S. Not so sure Emanual is the guy…take it from an FSU guy.

  7. Too all of you letting me know why I haven’t seen him in any games is because it’s the offseason, thanks, I couldn’t have possibly figured that out on my own.

    The guy is listed as not being on the roster for training camp, and the article doesn’t mention why, but it specifies for all the others. He was also unheard from throughout offseason workouts.

    It’s a reasonable question, but thanks for all of your input.

  8. That “dumpster” of a stadium is finishing $150 million in renovations this summer. I can’t wait to see all the improvements

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